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Could you lose your job after a DUI?

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2023 | Criminal Defense

Driving under the influence is a criminal charge. As such, it will come with many consequences. You could face a misdemeanor or felony, depending on your situation.

One issue that could arise after your conviction is trouble at work, especially if your charge was a felony or you work in a position requiring driving.

Loss of license could mean loss of employment

Most DUI convictions mean you lose your license for some period of time. While you may be able to get driving privileges restored for work purposes, it can take time to get them. If your job relies on driving, then your employer may let you go since you will be unable to do the duties required.

Conviction might impact professional license

If you hold a professional license, it usually requires meeting ethical standards. A DUI conviction could violate those standards, which means your license may be in jeopardy. If you cannot do your job without a professional license, it could result in your termination.

Attendance issues could end your employment

Dealing with a DUI can mean a lot of time spent off work. You may end up having to stay in jail until your hearing, or you could receive jail time as part of your sentence. The time off work is not something your employer has to allow. There is no law protecting you from termination due to missing work for legal reasons.

A DUI can cause a lot of problems in your life, and losing your job may be one of the more impactful ones.