How A California DUI Can Ruin Your CareerSan Diego Legal News
Drunk driving is a bad idea with a multitude of negative consequences. If you are caught driving with your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more, you will be charged with a DUI. The repercussions of just one DUI are vast and can permeate every aspect of your life, including your career.
How Can A DUI Affect Your Career?
After a DUI charge, there are a number of things that will work against you that have the potential to ruin your career.
- A DUI charge comes with the loss of your driver’s license. A suspended license will make traveling to your job a difficult task. If you do not have anyone else who will be able to drive you every day you will have to find other options. Public transportation may work depending on where you are located, but you can’t always rely on it to get you to your job every day on time. Having to pay a rideshare service or a taxi for every trip is expensive. Riding your bike may be possible on sunny days, but if the weather takes a turn commuting on a bike in a downpour isn’t feasible. If you require your car to do your job, then you are at a very serious disadvantage and may not be able to work at all.
- In some situations, a restricted license may be issued which allows you to only use your car to drive to and from work. If this is a possibility, you will need to hold out hope that your insurance provider will continue to provide you with coverage. Many insurance companies will not continue to cover individuals who get a DUI. If you can’t find an insurance provider that will offer you coverage, you won’t be able to drive anyway which puts you right back where you started. Even if you do find a provider, expect the costs to be exorbitant.
- Your employer may have a practice outlined in your employee handbook where any employee convicted of a crime is released from their job. If this is the case at your job, a DUI is a quick way to become unemployed. Your DUI may also pose a difficult challenge for obtaining new employment.
- You may be able to avoid jail time and keep your license through a diversion program. You won’t qualify for one of these programs unless you plead guilty to the DUI charge. The court could decide that your employer will be required to be notified of your situation, which again puts your job in jeopardy.
- If your job is a profession that requires a license like a lawyer, doctor, nurse, or accountant, you could lose your professional license as a result of a DUI. This would render you unable to continue to practice your profession.
- Court appearances or even needing to attend substance abuse classes can impact your ability to go into work regularly. Missed days at your job can lead to problems getting your work done and poor attendance could be a reason to be fired.
Where Can You Find A San Diego DUI Lawyer?
Jerrold Bodow is the San Diego criminal defense lawyer at the Coastal Legal Center APC that will help defend your rights after a DUI charge. The California DUI lawyers at the Coastal Legal Center will thoroughly study the facts surrounding your case to mount a strong defense. Contact the Southern California criminal defense attorneys at the Coastal Legal Center today at (619) 231- 0724 to schedule your free consultation.