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Another professional athlete suspended based solely on the accusation of DUI

Michael Phelps, the most decorated olympic athlete of all time, was charged with driving under the influence this week.  In addition to the criminal case that he faces, Mr. Phelps has been suspended from Team USA in the 2015 world championships next summer.

While criminal defendants are entitled to due process in court, they often give away those same kinds of rights in their private lives.  Employment contracts can allow an employer to terminate your employment for merely being accused, not convicted, of DUI.  Additionally, many states are like Colorado in that they are 'employment at will' jurisdictions.  This allows an employer to fire you for being charged with DUI or essentially any non-discriminatory reason they choose.

If you have been charged with a DUI in Denver, your best defense is to consult with a DUI defense attorney and explore the charges against you.