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How your DUI may impact your employment

DUIs account for a large number of motor vehicle accidents and injuries, and the government is constantly working to decrease such instances. For this reason, DUIs come with hefty penalties.

If you or a loved one face a DUI charge, it may have lasting effects on your life. In particular, a DUI conviction may have a strong effect on your employment, depending on your profession.

Licensed professionals

Certain professionals may face suspension, or worse, license revocation, for a DUI conviction. This is due to such actions being in violation of the code of conduct. Common professions that fit into this category include the following:

  • Physicians
  • Law professionals
  • Educators
  • Accountants

Other professionals may face strict punishment due to the criminal conviction. Also, certain companies may not have licensed professionals but may just hold their employees to a high standard. Such companies may have disciplinary consequences for such actions as well.

General employment effects

A DUI charge in itself may cause strain in the workplace. Individuals who are not able to post bail after a DUI arrest and who miss work may be in danger of losing their jobs. Even those who are able to post bail will still have to be present for court, which occurs during the normal workday. This may also lead to termination or a loss of hours.

The unemployed

Individuals who have no job may find it especially tough to face DUI charges. Not only can it add additional financial strain, but the individuals may also lose their driving privileges, which may limit their opportunities for seeking new employment. In such cases, opting into the Ignition Interlock Program may be beneficial and allow them to keep their driving rights.

This is a brief overview of the effects of a DUI charge and conviction on employment. If you would like to gain more insight into the possible scenarios, take some time to review the law and consider speaking with a knowledgeable legal professional.


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