One of the less well-publicized consequences of a DUI arrest is the potential
implications it can have on your career. A first time DUI conviction in
California, without aggravating circumstances, can result in a 4 month
license suspension, between 96 hours and 6 months imprisonment, a fine
between $390 and $1,000, and the mandatory installation of an ignition
interlock device. Aside from these and other various penalties, depending
on the facts of a case, consider how a DUI conviction can impact your
Transportation to Work – Nearly all DUI convictions will require that your license be suspended
for some time. For those with jobs that require driving to and from certain
locations, or even those with a short commute, this can make getting to
work very challenging.
Commercial Drivers – Drivers with commercial licenses are held to a higher standard
than those holding other licenses. For a driver with a commercial license,
.04 percent BAC will result in DUI charges. When a commercial driver loses
their license, not only are they out of work, but they may also face additional
short- and long-term consequences, including the loss of employment opportunities.
Professional Licenses – People whose employment depends on driving are not the only ones
affected by DUI charges. If a health care professional, attorney, accountant,
or investment broker is convicted of a DUI, their license to practice
may be compromised. For example, medical professionals – including
doctors – may be required to defend their professional licenses
at administrative medical board hearings after being charged or convicted of DUI.
Applying for a New Job – Different employers will spend corporate resources to ensure their
new hires will fit in with other members of their team. Sometimes that
includes a thorough background check which could also include a Department
of Motor Vehicles check. If you are handling funds or driving a company
car, reset assured that your private information will be accessed. An
employer, or their insurance carrier, can regulate who gets added to the
auto insurance coverage so this could have a negative effect on a current
or prospective job offer.
Attorney Virginia L. Landry has dedicated her professional career to saving
the careers of clients facing criminal charges, and she knows how to counsel
clients on all aspects of DUI cases from the very beginning – including
how to best protect one's job. According to Attorney Landry,
"Depending on the position you hold with your company, or if you have
a professional license such as a dental hygienist, a CPA, or commercial
driver – someone who is regulated by a board in their profession
– sometimes even the allegation of a DUI has to be reported.
Failure to report can be an independent grounds for termination regardless
of the outcome of the criminal court or DMV hearing."
If you have questions about DUI charges, how they may affect your job,
and how an Orange County DUI attorney from the Law Offices of Virginia
L. Landry, Inc. can help protect your future,
contact our firm today for an initial consultation.