Getting accused of a DUI is serious, especially if you’re working in a career that you want to protect. Sometimes, your employment could be threatened by an arrest or conviction for a DUI, which is why you will want to immediate action to review your options and take steps to defend yourself.
It’s important to note that not all people lose their jobs because of DUIs, but it is possible in some cases. The ripple effect of a conviction of any kind may not be apparent right away but could have lasting implications for your career.
How do you know how a DUI will impact your job?
To find out how a DUI will impact your job, you have to look at your employee handbook. You may also want to look into the local board for your career, such as the medical board, to figure out if a DUI could threaten any of your licensing.
In your employee handbook, there may be information about arrests or convictions and how they impact your work. Some employers won’t list anything. Others will list that anyone who is convicted of a felony will be terminated from their roles. Others will say any arrest or conviction can lead to termination depending on the specifics of the case.
Exactly what to expect will depend on your specific employer.
On top of the employee handbook, you also have to think about how losing your driver’s license may impact your career. If you cannot get to work on time or you are unable to get there at all, it may result in termination as well.
Defending yourself against a DUI is essential to protect your career
Whether you’re worried about your social standing at work or you want to take steps to protect your career and avoid the loss of a medical, law or other kind of license, you need to focus on a strong defense. It is possible to defend yourself against a drunk driving charge or to take steps to minimize the penalties and protect your career from a DUI’s effects. A strong defense can make a difference in how your career prospects look moving forward.