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Ask the Criminal Defense Lawyer in Denver: How Does A DUI Affect Your Job?


July 26, 2017

People who are charged with driving under the influence (DUI) may be nervous about the possibility of spending time behind bars or paying massive fines after a conviction.

But, there are other consequences that can negatively affect your career for years after a conviction. A criminal defense lawyer in Denver can defend you against DUI charges so you don’t suffer these career-related consequences:

Lack of Transportation

If you are convicted of DUI, one of the consequences that you will likely face is a suspended license. This means you cannot drive anywhere—even to work—until your license has been reinstated. Those who have a suspended license will need to either turn to friends or family members or take public transportation to get to their place of employment. But, these methods of transportation are not nearly as reliable as driving yourself, and a result, you may show up late to the office once or twice. Learn about the process to reinstate driving privilege from the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles.

Professional License

Some defendants may be stripped of their professional licenses after being convicted of a DUI. Nurses, doctors, lawyers, and other professionals may have their licenses revoked or suspended after a DUI conviction. Without a license, these individuals can no longer work in the profession that they have worked in all of their lives or trained extensively for. If you work in one of these professions, please be extra cautious of driving after drinking.

Professional Image

Even if you do not have a professional license, a DUI conviction can still impact your work. Once coworkers and supervisors learn of your DUI, they may start to look at you differently or question whether you have a substance abuse problem. In general, people that you work with may not take you as seriously if they know that you were convicted of DUI. This is a reputation that can follow you for years after the conviction and it can interfere with your ability to advance within your company.

Company Reputation

In addition to harming your own reputation, a DUI conviction can affect your company’s reputation as well. This is especially true if you are a representative of the company and well known within the community or among others in the industry. News travels fast, so even if you don’t publicly announce that you have a DUI on your record, this tidbit is bound to get out eventually.

Missed Work

Before you are convicted, you will need to attend court hearings and meetings with your attorney regarding your case. If you are found guilty, the judge may require you to attend alcohol education courses. In order to meet all of these obligations, you will most likely need to take time off of work, which could affect your reputation and your ability to meet deadlines and get your job done.

If you are arrested and charged with DUI, seek legal representation from the Law Office of John Buckley right away. Our attorneys work tirelessly to defend your rights and ensure you receive the best legal representation possible. Contact John L. Buckley as soon as possible to schedule a legal consultation regarding your case.