The story usually starts with, “Believe me, I am cool. I have only had a few bottles of beer.” However, in the eyes of the law, you are not cool and the penalties for driving under influence (DUI) if you are convicted are quite tough. A DUI conviction in the Sunshine State has the ability to turn your life upside down and forever haunt you.
Even if you have only been convicted of a misdemeanor instead of a felony DUI, your career prospects might be narrowed. Reason? Most employers ask potential recruits if they have been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor, and most who ask also run background checks before hiring.
Jobs most at-risk following a DUI conviction
While a DUI conviction can impact anyone, some professions are far less forgiving than others. Here are careers in which a DUI conviction can have a serious impact:
- Military personnel
- Law enforcement officers
- Teachers and healthcare professionals
- Politicians and government employees
So how can a DUI impact your current and future career prospects?
Your DUI will be on public record
Once you are convicted, your DUI becomes a matter of public record. This means that potential employers, as well as the general public, can access your conviction records. Even if you are currently employed, a DUI conviction can impact your employability in the future, especially if your job will require you to operate sensitive equipment, deal with children or operate a motor vehicle.
Loss of your driver’s license
Besides the heavy fines and/or jail time, a DUI conviction can also result in the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. This can be very problematic if you have to drive as part of your work or get to work. It can especially be a big problem if you drive for a living, like a commercial driver.
Make no mistake, a DUI arrest and conviction can greatly impact your life. While the impact on your career is just one of the ramifications, it is a very real possibility.