If you decide to head out with friends for the night and end up at the bar, keep in mind that you should find a safe way home or that your job could be put at risk. Many employers in South Carolina will not continue to employ those with DUI convictions. Why? They’re a liability.
Almost anyone can end up with a DUI. It’s easy to think that you’re sober enough to drive when you’re actually over the limit, especially if you don’t carry your own Breathalyzer with you. Getting behind the wheel, even if it’s only to travel a short distance, could end up resulting in a traffic stop and DUI charges.
Will your job be at risk because of a DUI?
It is possible. For example, if you refuse to take the breath test, you’ll likely lose your license. Without your license, you may not be able to get to work or do your job, meaning that you won’t be able to keep your position. You might lose your license as a result of a conviction for a DUI, too, but your attorney may be able to help you negotiate for a restricted license or ignition interlock device, so that you can still drive for work.
You could be fired for a DUI in some circumstances. For instance, those who drive as a part of their career may be deemed too much of a liability to continue working for the company. Some job contracts state if employees will be let go if they have a conviction.
Check your contract to see if you’ll be able to keep your job if you are convicted. If not, then it’s a good idea to talk to your attorney about ways to avoid a conviction and to start looking into other potential job opportunities.
Not all people lose their jobs as a result of a DUI, but those who do are often seen as a liability because of their negligent actions. Your attorney can help you fight to have the charges you face reduced or dropped, so you have a better chance of keeping your job and your income.
No two situations are going to be alike, so it’s a good idea to discuss your options with your Mt. Pleasant attorney and your employer, so you know what you have to do to keep your job and to reduce the chances of facing harsh, unnecessary penalties.