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Your DWI and your job: 5 important questions that beg for answers

A drunk driving conviction can have an adverse impact on numerous areas of your life. One critical area is your job.

Even if you have not been convicted of a DWI in Texas, being arrested and charged with drunk driving can be stressful and problematic for your career, your family and your reputation. You may be asking one or more of these important questions.

1. Can I fight or prevent the loss of my license?

Yes, in many cases you can. After a Texas DWI arrest, your license can be suspended under the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) program, which is DMV-related and non-criminal. A driver who is arrested has 15 days to challenge the ALR suspension, and he or she can hire an attorney to file a hearing request and provide representation at the hearing.

2. Will a DWI show up in a future background check?

This can depend on a number of factors, including whether you were convicted, when and where the offense took place, and the type of background check that is performed.

3. What if I was arrested for drunk driving but not convicted?

It is important to protect your legal rights if you were arrested for DWI but not convicted. An experienced defense attorney can advise you on matters related to arrest records, record clearing, record sealing and more.

4. What if my employer finds out about a past or current DWI case?

It may be important to obtain legal advice about the impact a past or current DWI case could have on your job. You have legal rights that you should safeguard.

5. Does it matter if I'm not a commercial driver?

Many people drive to and from work, while others drive for work. If you are worried about your ability to commute to work, talk to a lawyer who understands DWI law.

Every DWI case is different

This can't be overstated. If you have pressing legal questions that concern DWI and your job, get the answers you need. Many defense attorneys offer a free, confidential consultation.

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