After you get a DUI, one of the most worrying things may be that you don’t know if you’ll lose your job. Depending on the kind of job you have, a DUI could impact your ability to work. For instance, if you have to drive to get to work, you could struggle to get to work on time. If you drive for work, you may not be able to get insurance or be legally able to continue through your employer.
If you hold a commercial driver’s license, it’s possible that you could lose your license and your livelihood in one fell swoop. Even if you don’t initially, it could be hard to find new work later. Employers generally perform background checks before deciding who they’ll hire. Even if the DUI doesn’t specifically disqualify you, it could show an employer that you’re not trustworthy or that you don’t make good decisions. Some employers won’t want to take on that liability.
Criminal convictions can be reported indefinitely, even though arrests are no longer reported after seven years have passed. According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers aren’t allowed to bar the employment of people with convictions unless there is a good reason for doing so. Unfortunately, the reason doesn’t have to be discussed with you, so there’s no way to know why you’ve been passed over for a job.
What should you do if you have a pending DUI charge?
Defend yourself. A conviction has the potential to impact your life for many years into the future. It should remain your goal to protect your rights and reputation. There are ways to fight the charge and avoid a conviction, so you can continue to drive your vehicle and keep your job.