Not only does a
DUI conviction result in jail time, fines, probation, and license suspension,
it can result in a permanent criminal record. This can affect both your
current employment and future employment prospects.
The following are several ways a DUI can damage or destroy your career:
Getting a new job can be difficult. When you apply for a job, the employer will conduct a background check
on you before hiring you. Your background check will reveal your DUI conviction,
which may prevent you from getting hired. An employer can refuse to employ
someone with a criminal conviction on their record.
Lack of driving privileges is an obstacle. If your license is suspended and you do not obtain a restricted license
for driving to/from work, then commuting to work can be challenging. You
would have to rely on public transportation, which means you would have
to plan your schedule around how long the bus or train takes to arrive
every morning. Additionally, getting to work using a ridesharing service
like Uber or Lyft can be quite costly. Plus, if your job requires you
to drive, then looks like you’re out of luck.
You may lose your commercial driver’s license. A first-time DUI will always result in having your CDL suspended in California
for a year. This means you will lose your job and be unable to work as
a driver until your license is reinstated. A second DUI conviction means
you will lose your CDL for life.
You may lose your professional license. Many professional licenses, such as doctors, nurses, lawyers, and teachers
require that any arrest be disclosed to the licensing agency. If you lose
your professional license, then there goes your job.
You will have to miss work. Court appearances and mandatory alcohol treatment can result in being
out of the office frequently. There could be mandatory imprisonment as
well. All of this could result in excessive absenteeism.
A DUI affects your insurance. If your job requires you to drive, and if you manage to keep your license,
your insurance company may not insure people with DUIs. For instance,
if you are covered by company insurance for operating a vehicle or heavy
machinery, your employer may lose coverage if they keep you employed.
Your employer may have no other choice but to terminate you. Even if you
manage to remain covered, your insurance premiums, and your employer’s,
will substantially increase. Your employer may not be willing to pay extra
to keep you around.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Ventura County,
request a free consultation with our
Santa Barbara criminal defense lawyers at
Appel & Morse today.