You may only be in your last year of high school or first year in college, but you have goals, one of which is to enter the career of your choice upon graduation.
What happens if law enforcement pulls you over one Saturday evening on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol? Would a conviction derail your chances for a dream job?
Affecting driving performance
You may not realize how much the amount of alcohol in just a couple of drinks can impair your visual functions, reaction time, spatial judgment and the ability to manage multiple tasks. Drinking and driving increase the chance for a crash and the resulting injuries or fatalities. In fact, intoxicated drivers are responsible for one-third of all deaths in vehicle crashes.
As a minor in the state of Texas, you cannot have any alcohol in your system when you are behind the wheel. If law enforcement arrests you on suspicion of DUI, you face the possibility of a 60-day license suspension, a fine of $500 and up to 40 hours of community service. Beyond that, however, a conviction can seriously disrupt your future.
Limiting your choices
Because most employers routinely run background checks on applicants, that DUI on your record may make your jobhunting efforts more difficult. It can prevent you from attaining your educational goals and acquiring the licensing you need for a career in law, healthcare, teaching and other professions. Keep in mind that your future is a major consideration in the building of a defense strategy. When you think of the possible limitations you face, you will want the best outcome possible for your case.