A Texas radio personality had to miss work recently after being charged with a DUI. His situation serves as a reminder that on top of the fees, fines, possible jail time and hassle of a DUI, there are possible employment repercussions as well.

Jeff Ward, the afternoon host on Austin's 590 AM KLBJ, was pulled over around 11 p.m. last Thursday. He failed a field sobriety test and was booked into the Travis County Jail on suspicion of a DUI, from which he was released after posting $2,000 bail.

Ward protested his innocence on the station's website, but nonetheless had to have a coworker fill in for him on the next day as station managers reviewed the incident.

Ward's alleged drunk driving illustrates several of the realities that accompany a drunk-driving charge:

•· Money - Ward had to post $2,000 bail to be released from jail. Whether he was intoxicated or not, that's money he won't be getting back.

•· Stigma - Ward is a public figure and his arrest was highly publicized. Even if the charges are dropped, that fact probably won't get as much notice as his arrest.

•· Career Implications - Ward had to miss work as a direct result of this incident, which may have implications for his career.

All in all, a DUI charge creates a lot of extra work and hassle. Luckily, it isn't something people have to face alone. Professionals who are familiar and have experience with drunk-driving laws may be able to make a troubling situation better.

Source: The Austin American Statesman, "Newsmakers: KLBJ's Ward charged with DWI," Meghan Young, 11 June 2011.