How a DUI Can Affect Your Job
While most people realize that getting ticketed for driving under the influence can lead to insurance hikes, jail time and a loss of license, they may not be aware of the effects it can have on their job prospects now as well as in the future. A DUI or DWI is considered a criminal offense, so getting a drunk driving traffic citation in South Carolina can mean a permanent criminal record and lost opportunities for employment. Here is how it can affect you and your job.
Having your license taken away could have much worse consequences than being unable to make a quick run to the grocery store or head out to meet friends, it can cost you your job. If you are unable to reach your employment location, this consequence can mean an immediate loss of income. You may also be unable to complete your job and be fired if you are a delivery, cab or truck driver.
If you do get convicted and sent to prison, the missed work could mean job loss. DUI citations can carry a jail term of anywhere from a few days or weeks to several months or years. Most bosses are not understanding when you tell them that you need time off to spend in jail for breaking the law. Not only can it lower their trust and opinion of you, the time off work may also lead to a firing or missed opportunities for promotion.
In addition to affecting the job that you have now, you may be unable to secure your desired line of employment in the future. Many jobs require applicants to pass a background check before being considered. Some employers, such as law enforcement, most medical professionals, and school districts, will not accept anyone with any marks on their criminal record. This can be devastating if the industry you have trained for, such as a nurse or doctor, will no longer accept you after a DUI. Other employers may simply pass your application over without looking closely at it if they see there is any sort of mark on your record.
Call a DUI Defense Lawyer
The detrimental effect on employment is just one of the many reasons that drivers charged with a DUI in South Carolina should seek legal help from a skilled DUI defense lawyer. We are here to fight for your right to work and offer a free consultation. Call us today at (803) 351-3597 to discuss your case