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Could your job be in jeopardy following a DUI conviction?

A DUI conviction in South Carolina carries serious legal consequences, and it can also affect your life in other negative ways. For example, U.S. News recently reported about a police officer who lost his job due to a DUI while on the job. He was just released from jail on bond, not actually convicted of the DUI, but he was fired anyway. 

Take a look at some of the ways a DUI conviction might affect your employment: 

  • Missing work for court appearances or treatment might lead to losing your job for excessive absenteeism.
  • You might lose your driver’s license, which will make it difficult to get to work. If you have to drive as part of your job, you will be unable to perform your duties.
  • A loss of auto insurance might be another reason you cannot get to work or perform your duties.
  • It can put your professional license at risk. You may have to report the DUI to your licensing board, which could affect your ability to maintain your license. No license, no job.
  • Some places of employment have mandatory firing policies. A DUI conviction might cost you your job, just by virtue of having the conviction on your record.
  • A DUI conviction might keep you out of college and from getting financial aid to further your career.
  • Future job applications might ask about convictions and arrests. This could prohibit you from getting another job.
  • You could lose your job as a commercial driver if you are convicted of DUI.

Although many jobs might be closed to you following a DUI conviction, there are other professions you can consider. If you are arrested for DUI, you need to take it seriously, even if it is your first offense. Speak to a lawyer to explore different defense options to find the best possible solution for your situation. 

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