It's bad enough that a night of fun with friends turned into an OWI. You know about the potential suspended license and the fines, but are there other consequences too? Can a drunk driving charge effect your future?
The fines and jail time could be just the beginning of the consequences of an OWI. You could be looking at problems for your career.
You could lose your current job
It may not be the best job, but it helps pay for books and a little fun on the weekend. But an OWI on your record could take away that extra security. If your job includes driving, you are at an even greater risk for losing your job.
The rules will be different between different employers and industries, since some workplaces have strict licensing guidelines. The important thing to remember, is to be straightforward about what happened. Even if you're not able to stay in the same position due to licensing guidelines, your employer might be willing to work with you to find another spot within the company.
Your career might be at risk
Depending on the profession and the licensing entity, one drunk driving conviction could cost you the dream job you've been working towards.
For some professions, it's a deal breaker and there's nothing you can do about it. For other professions, there is some leniency depending on the circumstances and how you present your case.
Honesty is the best policy
No matter what your situation, being straightforward is always going make dealing with your OWI easier. Whether it's an employer or a licensing entity, they are going to find out about your OWI, even if you don't tell them. If you're able to disclose the information upfront, you can have more control over the conversation and the potential outcome.
While you may not be able to save yourself from all the consequences of an OWI, you can save your reputation by being honest.