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Will you keep your job after a DUI?

A DUI has many connotations, but the primary issue that employers see is that you are a risk. No employer wants to be held liable for a worker's negligence or poor behaviors, so they're less likely to want to take you on as an employee if you have a checkered past.

What about if you are already working for someone, though? Will you lose your job because of a mistake when you weren't working? It's possible, and there are a few reasons why.

Losing your job due to a DUI

The first reason you might lose your job is if you are required to drive for work. If you are a commercial driver or deliver goods, then you need a license to complete your job. If you have a suspended or revoked license, you can't perform your duties and will likely be dismissed.

Even if you can get your license back, the cost of insuring you as a driver may be too high for some employers. The fact that you cost more than someone without a DUI could be enough to lead to your dismissal.

Another issue with DUIs is the time you'll have to spend off the job. If you get arrested and are jailed because of hitting or hurting someone, you may not be able to go to work for a few weeks or months, depending on the circumstances. In that case, it shouldn't be a surprise that your employer may not keep your position open for your return.

Still, other jobs are affected as a result of ethical concerns. If you get a DUI and have a license in medicine, for instance, the Medical Board in your state may consider whether to allow you to keep practicing. It's a matter of ethical concerns to determine if you are safe to be around patients. You might have your license temporarily revoked or suspended completely, ending your career.

If you didn't have a job before, getting a job with a DUI will be hard as well. You may have no way to get a license, no way to get to work or have to rely on others. Employers may not want to take you on as an employee, because you're a risk.

The only way to avoid these hassles is to stop a conviction from occurring. Any time you're facing a DUI, a strong defense is advisable.

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