How Can a DUI Affect My Job?

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How Can a DUI Affect My Job?

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 employment:

  • 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.

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