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Consequence of DWI Conviction

San Antonio and South Texas Drunk Driving Defense Lawyers

A driving while intoxicated conviction has so many immediate consequences that it is easy to forget the long term damaging effect. The short term consequences can be:

  • loss of driver’s license
  • jail or prison time
  • community service
  • alcohol education programs
  • and more…
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It is easy to forget that one of the most punitive consequences of all can be your criminal record, if convicted. A DWI conviction can either be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstance of the arrest or the number of prior convictions received. This can affect your future in many ways:

  • You may have difficulty passing a pre-employment screening and finding sufficient employment may be difficult.
  • You may not be able to purchase a firearm.
  • Your insurance rates will increase significantly for several years
  • Your travel to other countries may be severely restricted.
  • A stigma will follow you for many years.

If convicted, you will likely have to pay a fine, serve jail or prison time, and/or perform community service which will likely force your to take a considerable amount of time off work. Many people lose their jobs as a result. Now you are left with a large debt to pay and no employment, or not enough employment to pay for it and then the arduous task of finding a new job. That will now be even more difficult due to the criminal record that you received from the driving while intoxicated conviction.

It is always a good idea to research, and hire and an experienced San Antonio DWI attorney. Don’t base your decision solely on an advertisement. Do your homework. Meet with the attorney you are considering in person. That is why we offer a free initial consultation. Bring the evidence against you to the meeting and be ready to ask questions. Meet the attorney without obligation or fee. The attorney will ask you questions about your arrest and will be able to formulate a good defense for your case. You will be able to ask questions and determine whether or not we are the right law firm for you. Remember, don’t say anything to the police or prosecutors before you speak with us. Call us today for your free initial consultation The Law Offices of Carabin & Shaw .

The consequences of a driving while intoxicated conviction are numerous and serious. Put an experienced San Antonio DWI lawyer on your side. Protect your rights, your freedom, and your future.