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DUI impact on employment

Driving under the influence is a serious offense, and the courts treat it as such. If you or a loved one faces a DUI charge, it could come with serious consequences outside of fees and possible jail time.

For those who do not have a job, it may be difficult to secure one. Individuals who hold professional licenses may face serious issues as well.


The process for a DUI trial, along with the verdict, may have a negative impact on a person's employment. The trial itself requires time and resources. If a person does not make bail for any reason and misses work for an extended period of time, she or he may lose that job. Those who do make bail must still attend court, which often takes hours during the workday. This may be unacceptable to certain employers and result in disciplinary action, including termination.

Licensed professionals

There are several licensed professionals who may face disciplinary actions after a DUI conviction. Some of these notable professions include:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Teachers
  • Lawyers
  • Accountants

Depending upon the standards of conduct for the industry or the individual's specific contract, a DUI charge may be a violation of the code. This may result in suspension or revocation of the license.

Driver's license

For those who live in rural or even suburban areas, losing license privileges may be disruptive to their ability to get to work, which may cause employment issues in itself. Therefore, it is important that people understand the proper protocol. Drivers have 15 days to request a hearing after being arrested. If they do not submit a request, they forfeit their rights to trial and receive an automatic license suspension.

As you can see, a DUI can have a serious impact on someone's employment statuses. If you or a loved one face a DUI charge, make sure you understand the possible impact and the best steps to take moving forward.

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