How might a DUI affect your ability to work?

People sometimes consider they are too busy to contest a DUI charge, or it is not worth their time. Yet, a DUI conviction could limit your ability to work.


A first-time DUI offense could see you lose your right to drive for a year. Further violations could extend the ban. If you do not need your car to commute to work, losing your license for a while might not seem a big issue. Yet what if you lose this job? You would be unable to consider out-of-town jobs that need a car to get there, limiting your options.


If you work as a commercial driver, you would, of course, be unable to continue without a license. Even when the ban passes, firms may ignore your applications because of the DUI on your record. Remember that commercial drivers are subject to a lower blood alcohol limit.


Commercial drivers are not the only ones a DUI could affect


Even if you walk to work and your job does not involve driving, a DUI conviction could hurt you. Many jobs require a professional license. The licensing bodies want members to uphold standards and might consider a drunk driving charge as a violation of those standards. Here are some jobs a DUI could affect:


      Teachers: School and parents expect those who teach their children to impart values as well as facts. They may consider driving under the influence as failing to meet those values.


      Medical professionals: You may need to report a conviction to your licensing board. They will then decide what action, if any, to take.


      Pilots or train drivers: They may consider if you drink and drive out of work, you could also do the same with passengers at work.


If the police stop you and charge you with a DUI, it is crucial to seek help to investigate your defense options. Failing to contest a charge could have consequences that far outweigh the time and effort needed to do so.