Three Ways A DWI Can Negatively Affect You
There are some negative repercussions to getting a DWI in Texas that many may not consider. It is important for prosecutors, judges, and jurors to understand the life changing consequences of a DWI conviction. Many good people get DWIs and have no idea that they may be affected by some of these issues. Here are 3 consequences that some people may not be familiar with:
You can’t host a foreign exchange student for five years from the date of the conviction. The United States State Department will disallow you.
If you have a green card (“Permanent Resident”) and receive a DWI conviction, finalizing the process and becoming a citizen is difficult. I am not an immigration lawyer (if you are in this situation, you should also consult with an immigration attorney), but recently INS has been delaying the process for some permanent residents to become citizens for five years. This of course, can always change. For those who do not have any legal status, expect to be deported immediately upon a jail or probation sentence. In the larger counties that I practice in, the police are calling INS for immediate deportation once booked in for DWI. Texas Senator John Cornyn has already introduced legislation for deportation upon a first DWI conviction. This did not pass, but federal policies on DWI and deportation are constantly changing and becoming more strenuous. What can be done in each situation is unique according to the jurisdiction and people involved (prosecutors and judges vary on their approaches).
If you have a DWI conviction, you will lose your concealed handgun carry license in Texas. This occurs even if you did not have a handgun in your possession on the DWI. If you receive a DWI and there is a gun in the vehicle, you will receive a second misdemeanor charge of Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon. The current law bars your ability from obtaining a concealed carry permit for 5 years with a DWI conviction.
Of course, there are far too many negative consequences that accompany a DWI conviction to list. The Texas DWI repercussions should be carefully considered before a case is finalized. They include Texas DPS surcharges, increased insurance rates, banned travel to Canada, for some loss of job, contributing factor to divorce, alienation from family, friends and sometimes community. The depression, shock, and anxiety are intense and can become clinical. Risk of suicide is real. Please, please if you are suffering from these symptoms make sure to seek professional help. I am also here to help you. I want to know if you are suffering. This is very important to me so that I can help you. One day, this DWI will be a blip in your rearview mirror that eventually goes out of sight. Right after it happens, it is the giant object on every rear view and side view mirror as you navigate through life. You are not alone. Be strong, all of us make mistakes.