If you are stopped and arrested on suspicion of a DUI, it’s important for you to understand what that means. First, this is a criminal charge, and you could face time in jail as well as high fines as a result.
A DUI also has the ability to impact your ability to obtain or keep employment. A single felony drunk driving collision could lead to the loss of your professional license or you could see that a misdemeanor DUI leads to high insurance rates that make your employer drop you as a driver for their business.
Will a DUI always affect your career?
It’s not necessarily the case that a DUI will always affect your career, but it is possible. When you get a DUI, you will need to tell your employer. At that point, what happens next may be determined by your employment contract. For some people, the DUI will lead to an immediate termination of their role with the company. Others may need to switch positions with the company.
The majority of employers do not want to employ someone with a criminal record, so it’s vital to take steps to defend yourself if you’re charged. That way, you can protect your own interests and fight to avoid a conviction that could have lasting consequences.
How does a DUI affect a professional license?
Whether you have a license to practice law, teach or work in medicine, your DUI could affect your professional license or ability to renew your license. If you are brought before the advisory or oversight board for your industry, then that board may determine that your license should be suspended or revoked. In a worst-case scenario, a DUI could lead to the loss of a license needed in your field and subsequent inability to continue working in your career of choice.
A DUI arrest and conviction both have the ability to impact your career now and in the future, so it’s a good idea to work closely with your attorney to avoid a conviction. Your attorney can also help you minimize the risk of the arrest affecting your ability to find work or keep your job.