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Drunk driving charges affect career outlook in South Carolina

A drunk driving conviction in South Carolina results in not only short-term penalties, like fines and possibly jail time, but also long-term consequences in the way of compromised career opportunities.

Last month in Tabor City, South Carolina, the city's assistant fire chief was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. The assistant fire chief has maintained that he was innocent and the case is currently working its way through the court system. But, one can imagine that the outcome of this case could have a very significant effect on his career.

While the DUI court case is ongoing, the assistant fire chief is not allowed to drive--or even ride--in any Tabor City-owned vehicles. This includes fire trucks. However, the town manager did say that the assistant chief can respond to fire calls using his own personal vehicle.

The city has said it will not take any employment action until after the case is resolved.

A drunk driving charge can have an immediate effect on forms of employment that involve driving. And a drunk driving conviction might show up on a criminal background check for years to come during employment screenings.

Those charged with DUIs in South Carolina are often wise to consult an experienced drunk driving defense attorney, who knows that the arrest and evidence can often be called into question. Sometimes, this means a defense attorney can make a motion to have the charges dropped altogether. In other cases, a defense attorney should work with you to ensure the best possible outcome is reached in your DUI case.

Source: fayobserver.com, "Tabor City Asst. fire chief to stay on job as he contests drunk driving charge in South Carolina," Deuce Niven, May 26, 2012

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