As we have previously discussed on this blog, alcohol-related charges can have a serious impact on one's life. In addition to facing legal consequences, Texas A&M students may be put on probation or be required to participate in an alcohol awareness program for violating school policies. But college students are not the only individuals who face additional consequences after being accused of committing an alcohol-related crime.

It was confirmed earlier this month that a Houston officer was fired after being charged with DWI. Prior to losing his job, the officer was planning to make arrangements for his retirement. He had served more than 25 years with the department.

According to reports, the seasoned officer was charged with drunk driving earlier this year after he got into a car accident with a school bus. Police investigated the officer when the school bus driver reported that the officer smelled of alcohol. The driver also told police that he noticed open beer bottles in the officer's truck.

The Houston police chief commented that the department is continuing its investigation regarding the incident, but blood tests did confirm that the officer's blood-alcohol level was well over the legal limit of 0.08.

Drunk driving charges have serious legal consequences in Texas, even for a first-time offender. Some legal consequences include:

  • The loss or suspension of one's license
  • Large fines
  • Jail or prison time
  • Community service requirements
  • Participation in substance-abuse treatment programs

If these legal penalties aren't harsh enough, individuals also risk a variety of social consequences such as losing one's reputation or job.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Houston police officer fired after DWI crash," Sept. 17, 2011