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What is the impact of a DUI on your career?

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2022 | DWI

All states prohibit driving while intoxicated, but they often call the offense by different names. In New Jersey, this offense is “driving under the influence,” and it means that someone has operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs above the legally established threshold.

The penalties for a DUI can be severe and may include jail time, fines, probation and the loss of one’s driver’s license. In some states, a first DUI offense may be charged as a misdemeanor while subsequent offenses may be charged as felonies. A DUI can also negatively affect your career in the following ways.

Criminal record

A DUI conviction will go on your criminal record. This can make it difficult to get hired as many employers conduct background checks and may not hire applicants with criminal records.

Loss of driving privileges

A DUI can also lead to the loss of your driver’s license, which may be required for your job. If you are unable to drive, you may have difficulty getting to work or may even get fired. In addition, a DUI conviction can increase your car insurance rates, making it more expensive to drive to work.

Professional reprimand

Driving under the influence can also affect your current job as you may be fired or suspended from your position if your employer finds out about the conviction. In some cases, a DUI conviction can even lead to prison time, which would obviously have a very negative impact on your career.

Affecting licensure

A DUI can have significant consequences for your job, especially if you require a professional license. For example, a nurse or doctor who is convicted of DUI may have their professional license suspended or even revoked. This can make it very difficult to find employment in the healthcare field.

Getting convicted of driving under the influence can have an extremely negative effect on your career. Understanding the impact it can have may make it easier for you to avoid one.