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 revoked and you do not obtain an exempt license, 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 you are required to drive as part of your job duties,
then you may get fired.
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. So until your license is reinstated, you are out of work.
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 is 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.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Ventura County,
request a free criminal consultation with our
Santa Barbara criminal defense lawyers at
Appel & Morse today.