How can a DUI affect my career?

In Alabama, driving under the influence is a serious offense. Even a first DUI carries harsh penalties that can have serious ramifications for your future. 

Fortunately, not all arrests lead to convictions, and you may be able to fight the charges. Still, you should know what may lie ahead. Here are some ways a DUI arrest or conviction can get in the way of your career. 

Current job

A DUI conviction can hinder your ability to perform the duties of your job: 

  • Time – You may face up to a year in jail, during which your employer will likely not hold your job. However, a judge may suspend your jail sentence in favor of probation, which should interfere with your work hours much less. 
  • Driving – Some DUI consequences affect your ability to legally operate an automobile. You may lose your license for a period of time. You may need to commute by bus. If your job revolves around your ability to drive, consequences are even more debilitating. Courts may suspend commercial driver licenses for one to three years, depending on the circumstances. 
  • Travel – There are travel restrictions associated with DUI. You may be unable to rent a vehicle on a work trip. Certain countries may deny you entry, which can be a problem if your job entails international travel. 

Future employment

Many employers routinely perform background checks as part of the hiring process. A DUI conviction will show up on your criminal background history and your driving record. Potential employers sometimes search arrest records, so you may suffer repercussions even if your arrest does not result in conviction. 

DUI charges are serious and they can affect your job. If you know what you are facing you may be better equipped to fight for your rights.