You may have heard horror stories of how a police officer, teacher, or
physician was fired from their job after being convicted of driving under
the influence. If you are convicted of DUI, the consequences can go way
beyond losing your license, or doing community service.
You may not be aware of it, but a DUI conviction can have a devastating
impact on your ability to earn a living. Here are 6 ways that a DUI can
cause some serious damage to your job or career.
Suspended driver’s license: If your driver’s license is suspended and you don’t get a restricted
license that allows you to drive to and from work, then you’re taking
the bus, begging for rides from friends or family, or taking a taxi. If
taking a bus is your best option, you’re stuck with unreliable transportation
and you could lose your job if you’re late. If you drive for a living,
you’re out of luck.
Zero tolerance: California is an “at will” employment state, meaning employers
maintain the right to fire someone for any reason, except for discrimination.
Many employment contracts state that a criminal conviction is grounds
for firing. If your employer has such a policy, you could lose your job.
Most employers who have this type of policy require that employees notify
them immediately if they are arrested.
You may not be insurable: If your job includes driving and you manage to keep your license, your
insurance company may not insure you. If your company pays for your insurance, or
covers you to drive heavy machinery, your employer may lose their coverage
if they continue to employ you. Your employer may have no other choice
but to let you go. Even if you are able to maintain insurance (your insurance
and your employer’s), it’ll cost more and your employer may
not be able to justify the expense.
Licensing issues: Many
professional licenses, such as those for nurses, CPAs, real estate agents, loan officers, doctors,
lawyers, and even plumbers require that arrests be reported to the licensing
agency. Depending on the agency, a DUI conviction could affect your license.
If you lose your license, you lose your livelihood.
College applications: Most colleges and universities ask about criminal convictions; the same
goes for financial aid applications. If you fail to disclose your conviction,
you could be kicked out or your acceptance rescinded. If your application
is being considered, a black mark can cause you to be passed over for
another candidate with a spotless record.
Commercial drivers: If a commercial driver is convicted of DUI, they face a 1-year license
suspension of their commercial license for a first offense. If they are
convicted a second or subsequent time, there is a
LIFETIME BAN on their commercial license. For commercial drivers of busses, delivery
trucks, hazardous materials, and eighteen wheelers, a DUI conviction can
mean the end of their career.
Get a Board Certified DUI Defense Expert on Your Side
The above are just some examples of how a DUI conviction could impact your
career. We haven’t even scratched the surface in regards to attending
AA meetings, alcohol education and group sessions, interviews, community
service, and everything else that will take time away from your job.
Are you ready to fight your DUI charges? If so, get a
Board Certified DUI defense expert on your side from the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., one of
Orange County’s premier