If you are convicted of Driving While Impaired in North Carolina your license will be suspended for a minimum of 12 months. If your license is suspended and you don’t get a limited driving privilege for driving to/from work (NC does allow this exemption under certain circumstances) then you’re either taking a taxi, hiring an Uber driver, or taking the bus to and from work. This can create a huge burden on your ability to go to work, school, or even do normal household errands, like going to the grocery store.
A Company Firing Policy
Many employers will provide in their company handbooks and/or employment contracts that a conviction of a crime, including a DWI is grounds for firing. If your employer has that sort of policy, you could potentially lose your job. Employers will usually require you to notify them of any pending charge or when there is a threat of a criminal conviction. Your employers hired you because you best represent their company, therefore any criminal mishap could potentially harm their reputation.
You’ll be forced to miss work for mandatory court appearances and for mandatory alcohol treatment classes. There could also be mandatory imprisonment based upon the seriousness of the case. You also could get hit with excessive absenteeism, which could lead to termination from employment. Plus, there’s the embarrassment of explaining why you have to be out.
Many colleges and universities ask if you have any criminal convictions on your record. When evaluating an application many universities have a policy that forbids acceptance based upon a candidates criminal record. If you receive a DWI charge and you are already enrolled into an institution this may be considered grounds for expulsion. Therefore, you may have to prove you’ve gone through a treatment program to mitigate your charge or you may lose out altogether and be barred from enrollment into future classes.