Extra-Legal Impacts of a DWI

In today’s climate of a guilty once charged mentality, the extra-legal ramifications of being charged with a DWI can be devastating. This is the lesson learned by one popular and important part of the Texas University football team recently. It is also a warning and a reminder to all of those who are or could be facing DWI charges in the future.

In this case, the collegiate football player was starting as the right guard of the Texas offensive line. It was reported that he fell asleep while in the line of a popular fast food restaurant near the university. After being asked to leave, he reportedly crashed his car. The police arrived on scene and immediately began a DWI investigation.

According to the reports, the police investigating the crash and potential DWI had a difficult time waking the offensive lineman. Then, when outside the car he allegedly failed a field sobriety test, and later blew a .178 BAC. As you can imagine, the police officer took him in and later filed charges of DWI against him.

Charges and Impacts

Being charged with a DWI is serious enough. A person faces criminal charges that can result in a criminal record, hefty fines, and potential long jail or prison sentences. But once a person’s employer finds out, or if a person cannot make it to work for being in jail or court, a person’s job is at stake. And this is what happened to this man. The university immediately suspended him from the football team, and now he is not only facing charges, but a potential loss of a job as well. This may even impact his ability to play football at the next level.

This happens everyday no matter what the person’s career or job is. As we have documented a number of times on this blog, even prosecuting attorneys and judges are not immune from losing a job or reputation after being charged with DWI. Even though this standard is not fair, it is the climate we live in and the reality of the world today.

In a perfect world, each of us should benefit from a presumption of innocence after being charged with a crime. But in this world, the news media loves to report details of tragedies and personal suffering, including DWI arrests. Often the details that emerge are salacious and reported as actual facts because it comes from a police report. But the actual reality is that those reports are often contradictory and wrong.

In fact the investigation and reporting of a DWI are only beginning, and should not be treated like a conviction and sentencing. But unfortunately too often it is. Once charged, a person can expect to suffer these extra-legal consequences of a charge. So what are the options left to those who are charged with DWI, but want to fight them?

The best option for anyone facing DWI charges is to get a legal team that truly believes in and acts on the understanding that a person is innocent until proven guilty. This means investigating and challenging the facts as reported by the police, fighting the charges made by prosecutors with great legal arguments, and taking the charges to court. In short, this means contacting the Wilder DWI Defense Firm. When you contact us, we will help you understand what your options are, and put you on the right track to defending your charges.