Texas DUI Defense Attorney Talks about How a DUI Conviction Could Affect Your Life

If you have been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, there is a lot at stake. A Texas DUI conviction has the potential to have an impact on many, many different aspects of your life. From your career to your relationships with your family and friends, many things may be affected in ways that you might not be aware of.

One way in which a DUI conviction could have a large and immediate impact on your life is that it can affect your career. Of course, the exact effect that being convicted of DUI is likely to have depends upon what career path you are following. For many people, a common effect of a DUI conviction is that they have to rethink how they get to and from work every day because their driver’s license has been suspended. Some of people are able to locate affordable and convenient public transportation that enables them to get to and from work until they are able to drive again. Unfortunately, reliable and affordable public transportation is not available everywhere in Texas. In some places, unless you are able to get a ride to and from work every day from co-workers, family members, or friends, you may have a hard time keeping your job. There are also jobs, such as professional truck driving positions, where having a good driving record is a prerequisite for employment, and drivers can be fired after being convicted of DUI. Unfortunately, being fired from your current position for a DUI is just the tip of the iceberg if you are a professional driver. Drivers who are convicted of DUI often have a very difficult time finding work in their field once their license is reinstated, because many companies do not like to hire drivers who have DUIs on their driving records.

Some people who are convicted of DUI may lose their jobs even if they are able to secure alternate transportation, because certain employers and professions have policies regarding DUI convictions and job qualifications. Some of these careers include government work and working with children or the elderly.

In addition to affecting your ability to drive and potentially affecting your career, your DUI is likely to cost you quite a bit of money. From retaining an attorney to defend you against the charges, to paying fines and fees both now and in the future, to reinstating your license and getting car insurance when you can drive again, it can really add up. Relationships can become strained, especially if people are inclined to take a judgmental view of what has happened instead of offering support and encouragement as you move through this difficult chapter in your life. You may even have a hard time taking care of day to day needs like housing, if you currently receive public assistance, because eligibility for some programs and services may be affected by a DUI conviction.

A DUI conviction can have far-reaching effects on your life. A Texas DUI Defense Attorney is your best defense against the negative effects of a DUI conviction. Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, has been serving DUI defense clients in the Dallas area for over thirty years. Call Attorney Pettit today at 214-521-4567, to learn more about how he may be able to help you.


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