Are you facing
driving while intoxicated (DWI) charges in Dallas? If so and this is your first offense, you may
not be aware of the lesser-known effects of a DWI. Sure, a DWI conviction
leads to fines, jail, a license suspension and an annual fee up to $2,000
for three years to keep your driver’s license, but how else can
a DWI affect you?
Since we want you to understand the full ramifications of a DWI, we are
going to discuss some of the non-criminal consequences of a conviction,
Housing: A criminal conviction can make it very difficult to rent an apartment or
lease a home.
Auto insurance: A DWI conviction will cause your auto insurance premiums to skyrocket for years.
Athletics: Some college sports teams won’t let athletes play if they are convicted
of a crime.
Job opportunities: Employers frequently run background checks. In many cases, a DWI is a “red
flag” and it will cause a candidate to lose consideration in the
Professional licenses: A DWI can cause a professional licensing organization to deny or revoke
a professional license.
College scholarships: A DWI can be a deal breaker, leading to the denial of a college scholarship.
College entrance: If a student has a DWI and they apply to a college, they may be denied
because of the criminal conviction.
Security clearance: A recent DWI or even an older, felony DWI can lead to a security clearance denial.
Immigration: While most misdemeanor DWIs won’t trigger removal proceedings, that
doesn’t mean a DWI can’t lead to
deportation. Felony DWIs and drug-related DWIs can have immigration consequences.
Child custody: If you’re in the middle of a divorce or a child custody battle, a
DWI can be an issue, especially if your child was in the vehicle at the
time of the incident.
Overseas travel: Some countries are against letting people with criminal convictions onto
their soil. So, you better check with a particular country’s rules
before you purchase airline tickets.
Travel to Canada: If you have a DWI, Canada probably won’t let you visit their country
until the DWI is 10-years-old.
To learn more about the standard
penalties for a Texas DWI,
click here for information from the Texas Department of Transportation. If you are
facing DWI charges,
contact us today at (214) 307-8667!