Following an arrest for DWI, your first concern is surviving the booking and arraignment process. Immediately, an issue with your driver’s license comes up. At time of arrest, your drivers’ license and driving privileges get suspended. You have 15 days from the date of the arrest to seek a hearing on the license suspension or your right to challenge the civil action will be forever lost. This hearing only determines driving privileges while the criminal action is pending. At best, a conditional license may be awarded allowing you to travel to and from work, doctors, and school.
Upon conviction, after plea or trial, a mandatory period of suspension or revocation may be applied depending on the severity of the criminal charges against you. Again, you may be able to seek a conditional license to drive depending on the facts and circumstances of your particular case. An often overlooked consequence of a drunk driving arrest is what it can do to your career. Many times it is derailed and can be destroyed.
No. 1: Suspended Driver’s License
A suspended driver’s license means you will need to rely on public transportation to get to work. Public transportation is unreliable or not accessible where you live. If driving is a condition of your employment, then you will be fired. Keep in mind that if you possess a commercial drivers’ license, the DWI will show up on your driving record for 55 years.
No. 2: Mandatory Firing Policies
Some companies list in their employment handbook that if you are convicted of a crime, it is immediate grounds for termination. Review your company policy surrounding criminal convictions before accepting a plea.
No. 3: Insurance Loss
Many insurance companies will not insure people with DWI convictions. If you are able to keep your car insurance, the insurance premium will most likely be increased. The insurance loss is not limited to automobiles, may also include trucks and operation of heavy equipment like cranes, tractors, and tow trucks.
No. 4: Missed Work
You will be required to attend court regularly, or court-mandated courses that will require you to take time off. Mandatory alcohol or drug treatment and a period of incarceration will also affect your ability to hold on to your job. Termination is possible because of excessive absenteeism.
No. 5: Job Applications
DWI appears in public records and on your driving records. When asked on a job application if you have ever been convicted of a crime, you will need to answer yes. Failure to disclose prior conviction may be grounds for termination post-employment.
No. 6: Education
Many colleges and universities require students to disclose arrest and conviction during application or admission process. Students already enrolled in the school may be prevented from seeking and receiving financial aid after a conviction.
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