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An arrest for drunk driving does not have to affect your professional career

One minute you are a highly-respected business person, maybe even a CEO, and the next you are facing a life-changing consequence of a mistake. One careless choice holds the power to rewrite the rest of your life. However, you don't have to let it.

Each state has its own laws and consequences for driving while intoxicated (DWI). Texas has firm guidelines and harsh consequences for drunk driving convictions, including jail time, suspension or loss of license, heavy fines and probation.

High-level executives, CEO's, political leaders and other high-profile leadership positions tend to take a bigger hit when faced with a DWI charge, but it does not have to be a career-ending error. In fact, former President George W. Bush pleaded guilty to drunk driving in 1976 when he was 30 years old. That didn't stop his quest to later become President of the United States.

Not all stories have happy endings, however. As a high-level executive, leader or professional, you face additional challenges that relate to people's trust and perceived views of you. You will have to work harder to prove that one mistake does not define you. When faced with a DUI or DWI, the better your legal representation, the better your potential outcome.

There are a few key things to keep in mind if you are facing a potential DWI conviction in Texas:

  • Don't ignore the issue. Failing to address the potential downsides of an arrest or criminal inquiry can produce a worse outcome than facing the situation head-on.
  • Don't try to wing it. That's not how successful executives run their companies. When faced with challenges, successful executives consult expert, hold meetings and carefully consider the options before making an important decision. The same is true if you are faced with a legal problem. Consult a criminal defense attorney who has experience dealing with the unique circumstances required by your career.
  • Maintain your integrity. Everyone makes mistakes and oftentimes the best thing a person of influence can do is to take responsibility and move on to the next right thing. It sets a positive example by exhibiting humanity and humility. A skilled lawyer can help you approach the situation correctly.
  • Rebuild trust. A leader who quickly acknowledges his mistake, seeks reconciliation and moves forward doing the next right thing will be received better and may even have a good opportunity to have something good come from this mistake.

If you are facing a DWI charge in Texas, contact the experienced drunk driving defense lawyers at the law firm of Nix|Poet.

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