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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

How Driving Under the Influence Can Effect Your Employment

Can a DUI Conviction Impact My Job?

A DUI Conviction can result in the loss of driving privileges, and depending on your job and your employer, it may even result in the loss of your job. While some employers may give you the benefit of the doubt if you are arrested, a DUI conviction may cause your employer to question your character and judgement. In certain industries, a DUI conviction may entirely disqualify you from performing your duties. 

If you watch the news, you know it’s not uncommon for the DUI arrests and convictions of high profile individuals such as celebrities, business moguls and professionals athletes to make headlines. With so much attention, these individuals often suffer the consequences at the workplace. One example is former Michigan State football star, and current Pittsburgh Steeler, Le’Veon Bell, according to the Detroit Free Press. 

Bell is facing a three game suspension after he was arrested and charged with drug possession and driving under the influence, according to a source who spoke to USA Today. Bell is currently appealing the suspension. Bell and LeGarrette Blount (who were Steelers teammates at the time) were arrested on August 20, 2014 when police discovered about three-fourths of an ounce of marijuana in Bell's vehicle after a traffic stop.

Bell was sentenced to probation for fifteen months and he received a sixty day license suspension. Blount (now with the New England Patriots) had his charges dropped because he pledged to perform fifty hours of community service; he was suspended for one game.

Another industry very sensitive to DUI convictions is transportation. If you are employed in this industry you may be suspended or terminated if your company believes it is in their best interests, according to the Houston Chronicle. A DUI conviction may raise your employer’s insurance rates and potentially expose your employer to liability for keeping a driver with a known DUI record. Instead of firing or suspending you, your duties could change so you are not driving, which may result in a pay cut. If you were arrest for a DUI while on the job, your firing (barring some contractual obligations) would be virtually certain.

There are many reasons to strongly defend yourself against a DUI charge and how it can impact your career is one of them. If you have been arrested for DUI, you need to protect your rights. Call the DUI defense attorney Martin T. Lievois today by calling his Flint, Michigan office at (810)250-4550  or his Troy, Michigan office at (248)419-1566.


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