A DUI’s effect on someone’s career

by | Aug 19, 2022 | Criminal Defense

A drunk driving conviction could cause numerous problems outside the most obvious legal ones. Georgia drivers may agree they made mistakes and accept the consequences of driving under the influence. Unfortunately, they may discover that the conviction could hamper the ability to procure and maintain gainful employment.

Drunk driving convictions and career opportunities

Per Georgia law, it may be possible for an employer to deny consideration for a job due to information on a criminal background check. That’s not to suggest all employers will discriminate against someone with a DUI conviction, but the possibility exists. Under certain circumstances, restricting or sealing those records might be an option, and they won’t appear on a criminal background check.

When a job requires someone to operate a truck or another motor vehicle, an old driving under the influence conviction could bar someone from employment. Potential employers may see such a driver as a serious liability risk. Even those willing to forgive a driver for a past conviction may have rules in place that the conviction must occur beyond a set number of years.

Dealing with the DUI

Anyone who’s had too much to drink words otherwise impaired may find it extremely wise not to get behind the wheel of a car. The effect on a professional career might be the least of the person’s worries since a DUI accident could cause fatalities.

Fighting the DUI charges might be necessary to prevent a criminal conviction from hanging like a cloud over someone’s life. Although someone may face an arrest for driving under the influence, the charges could be faulty. For example, a poorly calibrated breathalyzer may lead to false results. Even lab reports can be erroneous.

Probable cause is necessary to make an arrest. If the police pulled a vehicle over without probable cause, the charges might not stick. And there are other issues the defendant might bring up in court.