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How A DUI Could Impact Your Career

After a night out with friends, you take a chance and decide to drive yourself home. A car service would have been more expensive than you prefer, and you have definitely driven home on nights where you’ve drank more. You’re not worried. So when lights and sirens come your way, you’re surprised. When the officer tells you to take a breath test and you fail, you know what happens next.

You’ve had friends who have gotten DUIs, so when it happens to you, you’re scared, but not terrified. They survived it, and so will you. It was a mistake, and like all other mistakes, if you learn from it, it’s ok, right?

Wrong.

Some people act like a DUI is a rite of passage, a commonplace happening in your 20s. DUIs can be portrayed as a bad thing that happens to good people, or a “wrong place, wrong time” scenario. While it is a mistake, it’s not one to be taken lightly. DUIs can make a serious impact on your future, especially your career.

When you fail that breath test, you may think it’s done and over. You will be convicted of a DUI. There’s no option, so no point in fighting it. So you plead guilty, pay your fines and deal with the punishment – ranging from license suspensions to jail time. Then you can move on because it’s over.

Except it’s not.

Months later, you apply for an awesome job. You’re perfect for it. You fill out the application, and it asks if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime. And you have to answer “yes.”

The hiring manager is impressed with your resume, and as she is perusing your application, she sees your conviction. It causes her to pause and reconsider. Thoughts like “irresponsible” and “careless” come to mind, and while your resume was strong, your application is now put in the “no” pile.

Facing the truth.

A DUI is more than a mistake – it’s a criminal charge with life-altering repercussions. It means background checks will never be the same. It means a Google search of your name may result in a mugshot.

It’s also important to remember that a failed breath test doesn’t necessarily mean a DUI conviction. You have options. A good DUI attorney can help you understand them so that your charge might ultimately get dismissed.

Yes, mistakes happen. Learning from them is important, but taking steps to resolve the problem before it further affects your future is imperative.

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