The penalties for driving drunk in New Jersey tend to be very severe – from a suspended driver’s license to fines and even jail time. For a number of professionals, such as schoolteachers, a conviction for driving while intoxicated can also lead to significant career consequences, including job loss.

A County Prep High School teacher is facing a DWI charge after he was arrested in Jersey City over the weekend. The Jersey Journal reported that the 53-year-old Sherman Place man was investigated by police Sunday evening after he sideswiped two parked cars on Jersey City’s Summit Avenue and ran into a utility pole.

The man took a Breathalyzer test, which indicated a blood-alcohol content of 0.28 percent. This is more than three times the legal limit, but, of course, these tests are not always accurate.

The arresting officer’s report also notes that the man appeared intoxicated and smelled like alcohol at the time of the arrest.

It is unclear what these allegations could mean for the man’s teaching career. He has been employed by County Prep since 2005, according to the Hudson County school district. On Monday, school officials said they had not yet been notified of the arrest.

It has also been reported that the man works the evening shift for the Jersey City Parking Authority.

Those who are facing DWI charges here in New Jersey are wise to seek legal advice in order to make informed decisions when resolving their cases. Teachers and other professionals often have additional concerns regarding potential disciplinary consequences from their employers, and it is important to discuss such issues with an attorney.

Source: NJ.com, “Jersey city man with 2 public jobs charged with DWI; 3.5 times over legal limit: cops,” Terrence T. McDonald, Aug. 21, 2013