Can Drunk Driving in Fresno Cause You to Lose Your Job?

Aug 23, 2017

One of the biggest worries in the minds of a person stopped for a drunk driving violation is how it may impact their employment. While I hate to say it depends on the person's unique situation; unfortunately, it depends on the person's own unique situation. Certain employers have a zero tolerance policy and will fire an employee for simply having the conviction on their traffic record. Certain vocations tend to be more at risk than others.  

Some of the professionals who are most immediately affected by a drunk driving charge or conviction include commercial drivers, doctors, nurses, real estate agents, and insurance brokers. Commercial airline pilots are closely scrutinized for any sort of drinking and driving offense.  Each licensing board has their own rules regarding background checks and disciplinary actions. If you are a licensed professional, contact a qualified attorney without hesitation.

Even if there is no direct impact, the collateral consequences of a drunk driving charge or conviction can cause a person to lose their job. Essentially, the outcome can cause transportation problems, poor work attendance, and honesty issues. For example, you may need to take a good number of days off from work in order to attend court. Of course, if your license is suspended, this also can make it difficult on your attendance as well.

Ultimately, for the vast majority of people, the prime consequence is the impact on your work schedule. Dealing with a drunk driving charge can cause you to lose time at work, coming in late, leaving early, and missed days. So, this is going to become the most likely way that drunk driving can cause you to lose your job.

If you have more questions and would like to talk more about if drunk driving will cause you to lose your job, or if you need representation with your DUI case, please contact us.

Category: DUI Defense

Michael Mitchell


Michael Mitchell is a Fresno attorney who practices in the areas of DUI, personal injury & criminal law. Visit his Google+ profile.