If you are arrested for driving under the influence, your first concern may be your job. If you lose your job because of the DUI, you won’t be able to support yourself or pay the fines that you face.
If you’re convicted, there is a chance that your employer could let you go and terminate your position. If that happens, you’ll need to seek out new work, but that might be easier said than done.
What should you do if you have a DUI on your record? How can you get a job?
The first thing to remember is that not all employers will care if you have a DUI on your record, especially if you’re not going to be driving for them. Certain types of jobs are more likely to be affected, such as:
- Jobs involving driving
- Jobs where you use heavy machinery
- Jobs requiring you to travel
The reason that employers tend to turn away those with DUIs from these kinds of positions is because of the high cost of insuring someone with a DUI and the potential for them to get a DUI while on company time. The employer likely doesn’t want that liability, so they look for someone else to fill the position.
Should you be honest about a DUI on your record?
Whether or not you bring up your DUI, a potential employer is likely to find out. It may save you time to ask if a DUI will prevent you from working at a specific company or in a position, so that you don’t apply or spend time at an interview.
Does time matter with DUI charges?
Time can make a difference in how DUI charges impact you. If a DUI was 10 years ago, it’s different than if it was three months ago in the eyes of an employer.
These are some things to consider if you’re facing DUI charges and are concerned about finding work if you’re convicted. The best thing to do is to avoid a conviction when possible, so you can keep your record clean and maintain your role in your field.