Can I Be Fired for a DWI in San Antonio?

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You depend on your job, but what happens if you make a mistake and have too much to drink before getting behind the wheel? A charge of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in Texas can carry many long-reaching penalties, from a conviction on your criminal record to license suspension and hefty fees. You may also be wondering how it may affect your employment.

Even a first-time DWI in Texas can carry a jail sentence of up to 180 days so it’s important to think about how a conviction may affect not only your current job but your employment opportunities in the years ahead.

The truth is whether or not a DWI conviction will affect your employment depends on many factors, including your occupation and how your employer views a DWI conviction. If you work with children or your occupation involves driving, a DWI conviction will likely cost you your job.

A DWI can cost you your employment if you work at a daycare, childcare center, or anywhere involving caring for children, even if your employer agrees that you do a great job. This is because most non-profits and businesses involving children refuse to employ people with a criminal record for liability concerns.

If your job involves driving a delivery truck, semi-truck, or even a cab, you may also be facing job loss. This is because insuring a driver with a DWI is very expensive for employers and the DWI can get your license suspended or revoked, in which case you will be unable to drive legally.

There are many jobs that can be affected by a DWI, but the most common include:

  • Many teaching jobs at public schools
  • Delivery drivers
  • Jobs that require a CDL license like driving a semi-truck
  • Jobs that require a security clearance
  • Childcare
  • Real estate sales
  • Many jobs in the medical industry
  • Jobs in a position of authority, such as law enforcement

Understanding Employment “At Will”
Texas is one of many employment at will states. This means employers in Texas have the right to terminate employees for any reason except discrimination or violating an employment contract that says otherwise. If your employer believes your DWI will be more expensive for them, give the business a bad reputation, or they even have moral objections to drinking, they can legally fire you.

It’s also likely you will lose your job if you need to spend time in jail due to your conviction or you lose your right to drive for an extended period of time.

If you are facing a DWI charge in San Antonio, it’s important to take action right away to protect your rights and build your case. An experienced San Antonio DWI defense attorney can help ensure the best possible outcome of your case by building your defense and looking for problems with the prosecution’s case against you. Contact the Locke Law Group today for a free consultation with a DWI defense lawyer in San Antonio to discuss your case.

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