Texas DWI Defense Attorney Discusses Consequences for DWI Offenders with Professional Licenses

Recently, an EMS medic received a thirty-day suspension from work following an arrest for driving while intoxicated while he was not on duty. In addition to the suspension, the medic will be on probation for a year and subject to random drug and alcohol testing. He must also complete a rehabilitation program that includes counseling for alcohol abuse.

Medics are not the only people who may face job-related consequences if they are convicted of DWI. Fortunately, professionals who hold licenses that could be affected by a DWI do not have to navigate the DWI process alone. Since there’s so much at stake, it is important that licensed professionals seek legal assistance as soon as possible after a DWI arrest. An attorney could help you to reduce or avoid any alleged consequences of your DWI, thereby protecting your current and future employment.

In Texas, professions that require licenses are governed by the Texas Occupations Code § 53.021. This statute gives licensing authorities for individual professions the power to suspend or revoke licenses, disqualify individuals from receiving licenses or deny individuals the opportunity to take licensing examinations if the person was convicted of one or more specific types of offenses.

There are four classes of offenses that trigger the provisions of Texas Occupations Code § 53.021. The first group of offenses is broadly constructed to include any offense that directly relates to the duties of the licensed occupation. For example, a medic drives an ambulance and DWI relates to driving, so the licensing authority could, by statute, suspend or revoke a medic’s license if they got convicted of DWI. Another group of offenses that could bring about negative consequences for a licensed professional includes offenses that do not directly relate to the duties and responsibilities of the occupation and that were committed fewer than five years before the date that the person applied for their professional license. The third group of offenses lists specific crimes that can have negative consequences for licensed professionals who are convicted. This group includes aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, capital murder, burglary, compelling prostitution, indecency with a child, injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual, sexual assault, murder, trafficking of a person, and sexual performance by a child. The fourth group of offenses is more general, including any sexually violent offense, but it also specifies that the provision does not apply in certain circumstances.

As you can see, the list of offenses that could bring about negative consequences for your professional license is fairly inclusive. An attorney can help you understand whether the offense that you have been accused of could result in consequences related to your professional license, as well as whether any exception to the rules applies, such as the provision that under certain circumstances, a defendant may not be considered to have been convicted of an offense. The rules can get tricky, and their application is highly fact specific. An attorney can assess the situation using their specialized knowledge and get to the heart of the matter, which is your professional license and the other things in your life that are important to you. Texas DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, has helped numerous Texas DWI clients and he would like to help you. To learn more, please call 214-521-4567 today.

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