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A DUI arrest may derail your child’s professional goals

At one time or another, every parent has asked his or her children what they want to be when they grow up. Police officers, firefighters, lawyers, doctors and veterinarians are common answers. Unfortunately, though, if officers arrest the young one in your family for driving while intoxicated, fulfilling professional goals may become nearly impossible.

If your son or daughter has a blood alcohol concentration above 0.08%, he or she may face a DWI arrest in Texas. You can play an important role in keeping your child out of trouble. That is, you likely want to explain the professional consequences of drunk driving clearly. Here are some of them:

Tuition assistance 

College tuition can almost unconscionably expensive. In fact, for the 2017-2018 academic year, the average Texas student spent more than $10,000 to attend an in-state program. Unfortunately, a DWI conviction may render your child ineligible to compete for certain scholarships. It may also make receiving other types of financial assistance difficult.

Codes of conduct 

Virtually all educational institutions have codes of conduct that students must follow. Often, drunk driving violates these rules. Accordingly, if your child is already in college, he or she may face suspension or expulsion. Your son or daughter may also have to take time away from studies to serve jail time, complete community service or attend a rehabilitation course.

Background checks 

Many professional occupations require applicants to complete an exhaustive background screening. While there are some differences between fields, many licensing bodies do not look favorably upon DWI convictions. If your child wants to enter one of these fields, he or she may have a tough time. Even worse, your son or daughter may have to settle for employment outside of his or her chosen discipline.

Everyone makes mistakes. Unfortunately, your son or daughter may face a lifetime of hardships for a DWI arrest or conviction. By understanding the professional consequences that often accompany drunk driving, you can help your child avoid them altogether.