A DUI conviction could be detrimental to your career in many different ways. Naturally, if you earn a living behind the wheel, a DUI conviction would automatically translate to job loss, since your driver’s license is likely to be suspended.
Even if you don’t drive for a living, however, a DUI conviction could tarnish your image and reputation in a way that puts you on shaky ground with almost any employer. You may be seen as a “loose cannon” or someone who is irresponsible — and that could figure heavily in your superiors’ minds when it comes times for job assignments and promotions.
As stated earlier, it all depends on your line of work. However, things are likely to escalate much faster in specific jobs than in others. Some of these jobs include:
Every situation is different, naturally, but many employers watch the news and are sensitive to the optics of a DUI conviction. You may even have a “morality clause” in your contract that could allow them to terminate you over it. Plus, a DUI is likely to show up on a background check done by potential employers — and that could limit your job prospects rather sharply.
It’s wise to keep in mind that an arrest does not always mean a conviction, and you can take steps to protect your future. An aggressive defense may help preserve both your good name and your career.