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Can a DWI affect my employment?

| Nov 18, 2020 | Dui, DWI |

When you are facing drunk driving charges, you know a conviction comes with serious consequences in New York. You likely are worried about how much your fine will be, if you will face jail time and if you can get an ignition interlock device installed to avoid a license suspension. However, you may not realize how a DWI conviction can impact your employment.

If you are a commercial driver

If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you can lose your job with a DWI conviction, even if you weren’t driving drunk on the job. If police pull you over while you are using your CDL license, you will face DWI charges if your blood alcohol level is .04 or above. You also can face more serious consequences if you refuse to take a breathalyzer test or blood test while using your CDL, or if you are driving a vehicle containing hazardous materials.

Even if you don’t have a CDL but drive for a living (for example, as a chauffeur or courier), your workplace could have a policy of firing employees convicted of drunk driving, even if the arrest occurred off the job.

When a DUI affects other careers

If you are in the military, having a drunk driving conviction can limit your ability to receive a promotion and move ahead in rank. If you want a government job, having a DWI conviction on your record can disqualify you. You also may have problems getting a job as a daycare provider or working in a position that requires a high level of security clearance.

If you find yourself facing DWI charges, you always should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney can review your case and work to reduce or dismiss the charges, so you can avoid having a DWI conviction impact your employment.

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