Impact a DUI can Have on Employment Opportunities in DeKalb County

The impact a DUI conviction can have on employment opportunities in DeKalb County is profound. Even an arrest could have a negative impact on a person’s ability to secure or maintain a job. As a result, anyone at risk of being convicted of DUI should take immediate legal action to preserve their career.

If you have been charged with DUI, or would like to learn more about the repercussions of a DUI offense, be sure to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys at Hawkins Spizman today.

What Impact Could a DUI Conviction Have on Someone’s Employment?

The immediate impact a DUI conviction can have on a person’s job is that it can result in a demotion, loss of security clearance, or being placed on administrative leave. However, these repercussions depend on the job and the duties of their job. For example, if a commercial driver is convicted of a DUI, they would lose their CDL, preventing their ability to complete the basic responsibilities of their job.

Other professions requiring a professional license such as a lawyer, doctor, accountant, or nurse have mandatory reporting regarding a DUI arrest or conviction.

Do Employers Frequently Run Background Checks?

Many employers run background checks, whereas others may only do that for a new hire or they are giving an employee a promotion with some type of leadership role. Unfortunately, even a DUI arrest could have a harmful effect on someone’s ability to obtain a job or keep the job they already have. Although they have not been convicted, the stigma of being charged with a criminal offense of this kind could cause some employers to rethink a person’s job duties. As a result, they may face unwarranted consequences at their job or be prevented from obtaining a new job.

Can Convicted Individuals Explain their DUI Offense to an Employer?

When interviewing for a job, the best thing a person can do is to be honest about their criminal history. If a person tries to hide this information from a prospective employer, they would be putting themselves in a position where they would not only be scrutinized for not disclosing their criminal history, but trying to hide or lie about it as well.  It is a better practice to acknowledge the charge, but explain the circumstances, and the fact that they have hired a lawyer to fight the charge

Get in Touch with an Attorney to Learn More

A DUI offense could have various repercussions on your ability to not only keep your current job, but to obtain a new job as well. Even an arrest could cause employers to view you in a negative light. As a result, individuals facing a DUI charge should do all they can to avoid putting their career in jeopardy.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, make sure to schedule a consultation with an attorney to learn more about the impact a DUI can have on employment opportunities in DeKalb County.


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