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Effects of a DWI on your current and future employment

On Behalf of | May 1, 2024 | DUI/DWI |

A DWI conviction can have far-reaching consequences beyond legal penalties and fines. It can significantly affect your job and future work opportunities.

It is important to understand how a DWI can alter your professional life.

Immediate impact on current employment

If you get a DWI, you might lose your job, especially if your work involves driving, like trucking or sales. Many employers have strict policies that classify DWIs as grounds for dismissal because these roles require impeccable driving records.

Even if your job doesn’t involve driving, your boss might see a DWI as a sign of poor judgment. This perception could lead to losing your job, especially in roles that require a lot of trust, such as jobs in finance or education.

Long-term effects on career prospects

A DWI can make it hard to find jobs in the future. Many employers conduct background checks before they hire you. A mark on one’s criminal record can automatically disqualify them from certain job opportunities. This is especially true in industries that demand a high level of security clearance or in roles that involve working with vulnerable populations, like teaching or healthcare.

Also, if you lose your driver’s license because of the DWI, it can be hard to get to work or do your job, affecting your job options. In Missouri, a license suspension is automatic if your blood alcohol content is over the legal limit.

Review of professional licensing and certifications

For professionals who require licenses or certifications, a DWI conviction can trigger a review by the licensing board, which might result in suspension or revocation of the license. This is common in fields such as law, medicine and pharmacy, where professional integrity and public safety are paramount. Losing a license can stop your career suddenly and cause a lot of stress.

How to navigate the job market with a DWI

If you have a DWI, it’s important to know your rights and how you might lessen its impact on your work. This might include pursuing legal avenues to expunge the record or seeking rehabilitation programs to demonstrate responsibility and recovery to potential employers. Being open about your past and showing you’re trying to improve can help during job interviews.

A DWI conviction carries serious consequences for one’s employment status and career progression. It affects immediate job security and future opportunities. Knowing this can help you as you move forward to defend against such charges.