How Do DWI Charges Impact My Future?

Drunk young man driving a car with a bottle of beer.

After receiving a DWI charge, individuals may be wondering what the long-term impacts are on their future. This is a valid concern, as a DWI has the potential to affect an individual’s future in many different ways. The team at Shane Phelps Law can explain the potential impacts and what you can expect in life after a DWI charge.

College Applications

It is not uncommon for underage individuals to consume alcohol before they reach the legal drinking age. However, this can easily lead to other mistakes being made. For example, if they decide to get behind the wheel of a car and drive. If an underaged individual is pulled over and found with any trace of alcohol in their system in Texas, they can be automatically charged with DUI. This can cause issues during the college application process, potentially preventing them from receiving acceptance or scholarships.

Employment Opportunities

Another factor to consider with DWI charges is the potential employment opportunities that you may have. Many positions and jobs will not hire an individual when they have this type of charge on their record. Potential examples include:

  • Jobs that require you to operate heavy machinery.
  • Jobs that involve working with children or vulnerable populations.
  • Jobs that navigate sensitive information.
  • Jobs that require you to have a professional license.

Child Custody

If you are separated from your partner and share custody of your children, this could also be affected by a DWI charge. When family courts create custody agreements, they take into account any criminal charges that a parent may have. If you have a prior conviction or pending case, this could ultimately result in your custody agreement changing.

License Suspension

Individuals that are charged with DWI or DUI may also face a license suspension of varying lengths depending on the number of existing charges. License suspensions can have extremely negative consequences on an individual’s ability to maintain their livelihood appropriately. For example, they may no longer be able to reliably travel to and from work. This means that an individual could easily lose their job or face a loss in income.

What Can Be Done?

It is obvious that DWI charges have the potential to leave long-lasting impacts on an individual’s future. This is why it is crucial to work with an experienced attorney to challenge charges. The team at Shane Phelps Law is prepared to help keep your future positive. Contact us for assistance with your case today.

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