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How does your DUI affect your job?

Whether it was your birthday, you just broke up with your long-time companion or you were simply blowing off steam with some friends, the night out took a bad turn. What may have started off well ended with you being accused of and arrested for DUI.

Your recent DUI arrest has likely left you with many questions. In addition to legal matters, such as what happens from this point forward and what penalties you might face, you may be concerned about how a DUI on your record will affect your life, particularly your job.

The job you may want

Any job that involves driving may be difficult to obtain with a DUI on your record. This is not limited to bus drivers, truckers, taxi drivers and delivery workers. In fact, you may be surprised to know how many jobs require substantial driving. For example, if you aspire to work in sales, regional management or real estate, you will be driving frequently. Often, jobs that require driving include the use of a company car, and your DUI may prevent a potential employer from affording insurance to cover you.

In addition to the issue of driving, your DUI may eliminate you from consideration for positions that require a clean record. In some cases, jobs that include handling confidential data, military or government positions, or work that involves children may require you to have a spotless criminal background. Some employers may exclude you because they feel a DUI suggests you may have poor judgment or behave recklessly.

The job you have now

A DUI conviction often means a license suspension. Getting to your current job may be an issue, especially if you have a long commute. You may end up spending a great deal of money on cabs, ride-sharing or public transportation, or imposing on friends and family members to get to work. This could result in arriving late or missing days because you can't find a ride. You will also likely miss work to attend any hearings, classes or treatment the court requires of you.

If your job is in jeopardy, your future is in jeopardy. A DUI conviction or administrative loss of your license can have a ripple effect that can lead to lost wages, inability to pay your bills and serious financial struggle. An attorney may be able to assist you in retaining your license in the facing of DUI allegations if you reach out in a timely manner. Building a strong defense aimed towards protecting your future can be important when such accusations are leveled.

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