6 ways a DUI can permanently affect your career plans
A DUI felony or misdemeanor can impact every aspect of your life, including your job and your long-term career potential.
Since a DUI will be a part of your permanent record, it will follow you wherever you go, damaging your job prospects, reducing your potential opportunities and locking you out of some professions entirely. While every state has different laws regarding driving under the influence, in Illinois, you can expect to have your license suspended just about anywhere you acquire a DUI.
How a DUI Impacts your Current Job
You’ll need help getting to work. Loss of your driving privileges will make it harder to get to work since you’ll need a driver for the immediate future. Expect to have difficulties getting to and from work, heading out to run errands or just going to lunch if you usually drive.
Embarrassment. Many people feel embarrassed and ashamed after being charged with driving while intoxicated and some even slip into depression. Whether this is the first DUI charge or a repeat offense, the right approach can prevent feelings of shame from creeping in and possibly worsening. Our DUI attorney will do whatever they can to prevent a permanent blemish on your record.
You’ll lose traction. You may miss work due to court appointments, mandatory education or even jail time.
You might not be allowed to work at all. In some professions, you won’t be able to work at all if you are convicted. If driving is part of your job, such as delivery driver, truck driver, etc. you won’t be able to perform your duties. Subsequently your monthly income will be impacted, at least during the time you are suspended, and probably for good. Whether you drive a bus or taxi, deliver packages or work in sales, being unable to drive means being unemployable, at least for a while.
How a DUI Effects your Future Prospects
Are you looking for a new job? Some positions and professions are more sensitive to DWI or DUI reports than others. No matter what field you’re in, a drunk driving record can make it very difficult to find a new or better job.
Revealing your DUI. If you are looking for a new job, the question of former convictions will come up; your answer may keep you from getting a job. Not telling isn’t an option; a background check will reveal your history, and when you are found out, you’ll be a drunk driver and a liar; not a good combination for most employers.
You may be ineligible for some jobs entirely. Some professions will be forever out of your reach once you have a drunk driving conviction. Whether you’re working as a police officer, have a desire to be a teacher or returning to college, your DUI will severely limit your options. Some professional associations will not license you if you have a DUI conviction.
Your conviction is online forever. In today’s Internet savvy climate, your record will follow you wherever you go. If your DUI appears in your local paper, online, or on any social media site, you can expect it to pop up anytime someone searches for you on the internet.
Since every situation is different, the best way to protect your current job and your prospects is to avoid getting a DUI in the first place. If you already are being charged with driving drunk in DuPage County, Kane County or Cook County, you need a top DUI attorney to help you avoid conviction and minimize the impact the situation will have on your personal and professional life.