Texas DWI Felony Conviction

A TEXAS DWI FELONY CONVICTION

Professions that will be closed to you

Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment

wage war against your passion and your appetite

KAHLIL GIBRAN

A Texas DWI felony or any Texas felony conviction can have life altering consequences. The most obvious is that you can face up to10, 20, or even more years in a state prison. Even if you avoid prison, many employers will be reluctant to hire you, many rights the normal citizen enjoys may be curtailed, and numerous professions may be closed to you. Following is a list of rights and professions that will probably no longer be available to you:

  • The armed services will not accept you (this may even be true with a misdemeanor)
  • Security clearance for many federal and state facilities may not be possible
  • You cannot vote. (Texas Constitution, Article VI, Section I)
  • You cannot sit on a jury (Texas Constitution Article XVI, Section II)
  • Cannot run for public office (Texas Constitution Art. 16, Section II)
  • Cannot possess a gun (Tex. Penal Code 46.04)

In addition, there are many professions in Texas that require you to have an occupational license from the State to work in a certain industry. Under the Texas Occupations Code Chapter 53 § 53.021, a Texas licensing board “may suspend or revoke a license, disqualify a person from receiving a license, or deny to a person the opportunity to take a licensing examination on the grounds that the person has been convicted of an offense that directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of the licensed occupation.” The board could also suspend, revoke, deny or disqualify based on a crime that “does not directly relate to the duties and responsibilities of the licensed occupation” if it was committed less than five years before a person applied for a license. A DWI conviction for driving in a private vehicle, on your own time, will cause the loss of your Commercial Drivers License.

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