You may have seen the recent news story of a Atlanta police officer who was fired for driving under the influence. If you are arrested for a DUI, the consequences go way beyond possible jail time. You may not be aware that a DUI can have a devastating impact on your job.
Here are 8 ways a DUI can destroy or damage your career in Atlanta
If your license is suspended and you don’t get an exemption for driving to/from work (many states allow this exemption under certain circumstances) then you’re taking a taxi, hiring a private driver, or taking the bus to and from work. Taking the bus is pretty unreliable and you can end up losing your job due to lateness. Plus, if your job requires you to drive, you’re out of luck.
Mandatory firing policy:
Many employers provide in handbooks and employment contracts that conviction of a crime is grounds for firing. If your employer has that policy, you may lose your job. Employers who have this policy usually require you to notify them immediately upon an arrest.
If your job requires you to drive, and if you manage to keep your license, your insurance company may not insure people with DUIs. If you are covered by company insurance for driving a vehicle or heavy equipment, your employer may lose coverage if they keep you employed. Your employer may have no choice but to fire you. Even if you manage to be covered, your insurance, and your employer’s, will be more expensive. Your employer may not want to pay extra to keep you.
If you’re lucky enough to qualify for a diversion program that lets you avoid jail time, there could still be mandatory notification of your employer and even required visits to you at work. If you can show that your handbook provides that conviction of a crime is grounds for firing, then some states may waive this requirement. However, some states require a guilty plea for entry into a diversion program, and if your employer finds out you’ve been convicted, you’ll likely lose your job
Many professional licenses, such as for lawyers, nurses, doctors and even plumbers require that any arrest be disclosed to the licensing agency. Depending on your state and the agency, it could affect your license. Lose your license, lose your job.
You’ll miss work for court appearances and possibly for mandatory alcohol treatment. There could be mandatory imprisonment. You could get hit with excessive absenteeism. Plus, there’s the embarrassment of explaining why you have to be out.
While some states don’t allow employers to ask about arrests and convictions on job applications, most do. Plus, your DUI will appear in public records and on your driver’s license records.
Many colleges and universities ask if you have any criminal convictions. Similarly financial aid applications may be affected by a DUI. You may have to prove you’ve gone through a treatment program, or may lose out altogether.
This is real! It’s not fluff and we see this ALL the time. The sad fact is: Once you have been convicted of a Atlanta DUI it is going to stay on your record. No expungement! NONE! If you or someone you know has been arrested on a Atlanta DUI you are going to need a Lawyer. Contact the Howard Law Group ASAP so we can keep this off your record.