Can a DUI Impact My Job?
Posted By Salvador Law Group || Apr 12, 2019
If you have just been charged with a DUI, you might have a lot of thoughts swirling around in your head. For one thing, you might be worried about whether or not a DUI conviction -- if you are, in fact, convicted -- will affect your job. The questions below can help you determine if this might be the case.
Does Your Job Require a Clean Criminal Record?
For one thing, if your job requires that all employees have a clean criminal background, then you could find yourself in trouble if you get convicted of a DUI. It's always in your best interest to hire a DUI defense attorney, but it's an especially good idea if you are concerned about a criminal record impacting your job.
If your job doesn't perform background checks on employees, you may be in the clear for now. However, as you progress in your career or switch jobs, most employers will require a background check at some point.
DUI Consequences on Your Job
Many employers in Arizona have a zero tolerance policy for criminal records. This typically is included in a clause in employee-employer agreements.
If driving is a major part of your job, such as if you are a truck driver or if you operate a company vehicle while performing your job, then it is even more important to hire a DUI defense attorney. After all, your job could be seriously affected by your DUI, or you could lose your job.
This is true for a few reasons. For one thing, many employers require employees who drive company vehicles to have clean driving records. Plus, you could lose your license if you are convicted of a DUI, making you unable to perform your essential job duties.
Looking for a new job could also be difficult, as a DUI conviction could stay on your record for as long as 5 years. Even some vocational or trade schools will reject applicants who have a DUI on their record.
Contact an Experienced Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney
Some people are convicted of driving while under the influence and never see a negative effect in regards to their jobs. However, many people do suffer serious job-related consequences after a DUI conviction. Keep in mind that the severity of the DUI will be taken into consideration by most employers and future job prospects. If you'd like to help minimize the impact that your DUI will have on your life, consult with an Arizona criminal defense attorney at for a free case evaluation.
Contact Salvador Law Group at (602) 842-6222 for help fighting your criminal charge or help to minimize its impact on your future.