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Potential career-related consequences of a DUI conviction

We have previously mentioned that it is unfortunately too easy for responsible adults to unintentionally drive under the influence (DUI). Because alcohol can metabolize differently under a myriad of circumstances, it is possible to feel sober even if you have a blood alcohol content (BAC) above the legal limit of 0.08.

As a result, it is imperative that you wait long enough to become unquestionably sober before getting behind the wheel. And if you do get pulled over for intoxicated driving, it is important that you retain the counsel of a criminal defense attorney who will prioritize your case. Ultimately, the consequences of a drunk driving conviction can be devastating and should therefore be avoided when possible.

In addition to fines, community service, license suspension, possible jail time and required ignition interlock installation, a DUI conviction may significantly impact your career. For example, if you are required to drive for your job, a DUI conviction could be used as grounds for termination. Actually, other employers may legally terminate you if you are convicted of a DUI even if your job does not require you to drive.

In addition, if you are required to seek treatment for alcohol abuse, sentenced to jail time or are given significant community service hours to complete, you may miss work and either be fired or otherwise disciplined for related absences. You may also have a difficult time securing future employment with a DUI conviction on your criminal record.

Please, avoid getting behind the wheel if there is even a remote possibility that you are still legally drunk. And if you get pulled over, secure legal counsel right away. Your career may depend on making these decisions.

Source: AOL Jobs, "9 Ways A DUI Will Destroy Your Career," Donna Ballman, Jan. 21, 2014

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