Understanding the Consequences of a DUI Charge
A DUI conviction is a serious matter that carries several consequences. Besides fines, jail time, and license suspension and/or revocation, you may also lose your job. Thus, a DUI charge impacts far more than your driving record: It could hurt your employment, too.
The last thing you need is to suffer the loss of your freedom and your income, which is why it’s in your best interests to retain representation from The Wagner Law Firm, West Virginia’s only law firm that focuses exclusively on DUI defense. Attorney Harley Wagner has helped thousands of clients overcome their DUI accusations and will be happy to advocate on your behalf as well.
DUI Impacts on Employment
At-will employees, meaning employees who can be terminated at any time and for any reason without notice, are especially at risk of losing their jobs if convicted of a DUI. An employer who has the power to fire an employee for whatever reason can surely use a DUI charge as a valid cause of termination.
You should be aware of professions whose employees are at risk of losing their jobs over a DUI accusation. Whether you’re convicted or not, the following professions may fire you nonetheless:
- Healthcare professionals
- Professional drivers
- Insurance workers
- Real estate employees
Careers that require a professional license do not mess around when it comes to DUI convictions. Lawyers, teachers, real estate agents and healthcare professionals must be careful, as they cannot legally work without a professional license. If your career depends on driving, like pick-up and delivery or private drivers do, then you have a high chance of losing your job with a DUI conviction as well.
What if your employer isn’t bothered by your DUI charge? That sounds nice, however, a DUI conviction can result in a license suspension or revocation, meaning you’ll have trouble driving to work. If a friend or family member cannot take you to and from your job, then you may be terminated for not showing up and hindering company operations as a result.
Even if your employer didn’t want to terminate you, some jobs require employees to be fired if they’re convicted of any offense, regardless of how serious it is. By contract, your company may be forced to let you go as a result of your DUI charge. We advise you to examine your company’s rules and regulations to ensure you’re not a risk.
Retain Legal Representation to Best Prevent Termination
Attorney Harley Wagner obtains 22+ years of experience helping clients overcome their DUI charges. When you’re facing unexpected turmoil, you need a lawyer you can trust and confide in: Harley Wagner is that person. Don’t wait, contact us at (304) 461-6000 as soon as you’re aware of your DUI charge for a free consultation!