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Can I lose my job because of a DWI arrest?

Among the many questions we receive from potential clients, a number are concerned with the same thing: “Will I lose my job?” The answer depends on a number of factors, including your criminal history, your line of work and whether your job performance was in question before your DWI arrest.

Nevertheless, we have identified several real-life implications that may come about.

Your insurance may affected – If you depend on a company car to conduct your business, a DUI may disqualify you from being under a company’s insurance policy. You will likely have to obtain SR-22 insurance, which your employer may or may not carry.

You may miss work – Depending on your schedule, you may miss work as you are waiting to post bail. It is customary for law enforcement to run several checks, including references to the FBI and other state criminal databases, before releasing you. This may result in disciplinary action at work, but law enforcement may not be concerned about how this may affect you.

Your career could be affected – For people who drive for a living, including bus drivers, truck drivers, delivery drivers and taxi drivers, a DUI conviction could be a death knell to your career. Some companies may have standard policies that people with DUI convictions may not work for them. Because of this, it is crucial that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney at your side in order to protect your rights and your livelihood.

The preceding is not intended to be legal advice. For additional questions on specific issues, an experienced DUI attorney can help.

Source:, “9 Ways a DUI will destroy your career,” Donna Ballman, January 21, 2014

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