If you’re reading this, you likely know someone who has been recently charged with a misdemeanor DUI. You may even have been arrested yourself for driving while under the influence of alcohol or some other substance. These charges are serious consequences, and a conviction could lead to significant trouble in the future if not handled properly. An arrest for an offense like this can cause lasting damage to your employment opportunities and your personal life going forward.
Even if you haven’t been charged with driving while impaired (DWI), getting caught driving under the influence could still hurt your job prospects in the long term. Getting dinged with a DWI means that an employer could see your record as evidence that you have a poor work ethic, are irresponsible, and don’t take things seriously. It also means potential future employers may see you as an unreliable risk factor-which is never good! Therefore, understanding what a misdemeanor DUI entails and how it can affect your life as an employee isn’t just important so that you know what to watch out for; it’s essential if you want to remain employed in the future.
What is the relationship between Misdemeanor DUI and Employment?
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor DUI, you must understand that an employer can take any necessary action against you after a conviction is entered. This doesn’t just mean you might find it difficult to get a job in the future; an employer can fire employees after being convicted of a misdemeanor DUI.
An employer is legally allowed to terminate an employee if he or she has been convicted of a crime, but certain rules and regulations must be followed to become legal. The rules vary depending on the nature of the crime and whether or not the employee knew about what was being done in the workplace.
Who can benefit by understanding the relationship between Misdemeanor DUI and Employment?
If you or someone you know has been charged with a misdemeanor DUI, you are certainly not alone. Whether you have been arrested for or convicted of a DUI offense, the same rules about employment apply. In other words, even if your case is settled or dismissed and your license has not been permanently revoked, an employer can still fire you for so-called “criminal conduct” while your driver’s license was valid.
Examples of cases showing the relationship between Misdemeanor DUI and Employment?
A few ways an employer can fire you for misdemeanor DUIs include:
– If an employee has been convicted of a DUI within the past 10 years, the employee will automatically be fired upon conviction.
– If a manager has been convicted of a DUI in the past 15 years and the offense was not related to his or her job duties, they could also be let go if they still have that job.
– If an employee is convicted of driving while under the influence of a controlled substance such as Adderall or other prescription medication, they will also be fired by their employer.
– If someone is charged with being drunk on the job, they can be terminated.
Where can you find more information about Misdemeanor DUI and Employment?
Obtaining information about the consequences could be a bit more difficult if you have been arrested for or convicted of a felony DUI offense. But if this is the case and you have not been convicted or charged with a felony, you need to understand that employers can still fire you for any criminal conduct while your driver’s license was valid.
For more about what employers can and cannot do when your license is active, read OnTheJobBlog’s post “Misdemeanor DUI and Employment: What employers can do even after your legal punishment has been discharged.”