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Why can a DUI lead to a job loss?

Being able to drive is essential for many day-to-day activities. It gives you the freedom to see friends, take vacations and go to shopping malls. But it's likely that you'll depend on your car for one thing in particular -- going to work and earning an income.

Therefore, if you are facing DUI charges, you'll probably be concerned with the effect that these charges could have on your future. You may have heard horror stories about friends of friends who have lost their jobs, and in turn their homes and their spouses, due to a DUI charge. There are several reasons why a DUI can lead to a job loss, and the following is an overview of the main reasons.

Mandatory filing policies

It's possible that your employer has reserved the right to fire you if you are convicted of a crime. In fact, some organizations have policies that mean they are obligated to fire an employee convicted of a crime, no matter how valuable and respected they are. Make sure that you read your employment contract or employee handbook to learn about the policy in your workplace.

You may lose your professional license

If you have a professional license that enables you to do your work, you may be at risk of having the license revoked if you are convicted of a crime. If you lose your license, you'll no longer be able to engage in the profession you were qualified to work in.

You may not be able to attend or complete your work

Losing your license as a result of a DUI conviction could mean that you are simply unable to transport yourself to your workplace every day. In addition, if you drive as part of your job, you'll be unable to continue to fulfill the obligations of your role.

Difficulty in gaining new employment

You may also have trouble gaining new employment. Your DUI will appear in public records and your prospective employer may have the right to ask about arrests and convictions as part of your job application process.

If you are facing DUI charges, the outcome could affect the rest of your life. Make sure that you take swift action to aggressively defend yourself and clear your name.

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