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6 Ways a DUI Can Ruin a Career

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 employer’s 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 If you fail to disclose your conviction, you could be kicked out or your acceptance rescinded.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 DUI defense firms.