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Will a DUI Cost You a Job?

A lot can happen after a DUI. Your life will get stressful. Your girlfriend might dump you. And your car insurance rates will probably skyrocket. Your insurance company could even cancel your coverage when it comes time to renew your policy. And as AOL Finance reported, a DUI can impact your employment in at least the following nine ways.

Mandatory Firing Policy

In this social media-driven world, image is part of the job; so many employers have added conviction of a crime as grounds for firing in their contracts and employee handbooks.
“Employers who have this policy usually require you to notify them immediately upon an arrest,” said AOL.


You may be a great employee, but if you lose your license and have to take public transportation to work, you could be fired for chronic tardiness. If you’re a delivery driver, well, we don’t even need to finish this sentence.


Being arrested for DUI entails taking using sick and vacation days to cover imprisonment, court appearances, and mandatory alcohol treatment. You may also have to explain why you need so much time off from work, which could be damaging.

Loss of Insurance

Even if your license isn’t suspended, your car insurance company may drop you because a DUI conviction makes you a high-risk driver. If you drive a company vehicle or construction equipment, your employer may fire you rather than lose its own coverage or pay more for insurance just to keep you on payroll. You may be helpful, professional, and personable, but you’re also replaceable.

Loss of Your Professional License

Doctors, nurses, lawyers, and other professionals are often required to tell their licensing agency that they were arrested for DUI. Rules vary from state to state and agency to agency, but one thing is for sure: if you lose your license, you lose your livelihood.

Loss of Your Commercial Driver’s License

A DUI remains on your commercial driving record for fifty-five years. Whether you’re 21 or 51, your commercial driving career is probably over.

Loss of Educational Opportunities

If you lost your commercial driver’s license and you’re thinking about going back to school to pursue a new career, be aware that colleges and universities may ask about criminal convictions. A DUI may even affect your ability to apply for financial aid. Some providers may ask you to prove that you’ve gone through a treatment program.

Diversion Program Problems

Your DUI attorney may have convinced a judge to send you to a diversion program instead of jail, but such programs sometimes require mandatory notification of your employer or visits to your workplace. You may be able to skirt these requirements if you prove that your employer has a mandatory firing policy for the conviction of crimes. But if you’re forced to enter a guilty plea to enter a diversion program, and your employer discovers your conviction, you will probably be fired.

Loss of Job Opportunities

You may have noticed that most job applications ask if you’ve been convicted of a crime. Before you ask Google whether it’s safe to fib on an application, note that your DUI will appear in public records and your driver’s license records.

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