Your DUI was a mistake. You are working on dealing with the legal ramifications and paying your fines, but what you may not know is how a DUI can affect other parts of your life. If you are charged, you should get ready for the ramifications it may have on your job.
If you should tell your boss
If you’re wondering if you need to tell your employer about your arrest, the answer is likely yes. Start by looking through your employment contract to see if there is anything stating that you have to notify them if you are arrested.
Even if there is not a clause that says you must tell your employer about your DUI, you will still need to talk to them if your charge is going to interfere with your work.
If you drive for work
When you get a DUI, you may lose your license, even if it’s only for a short period. If your job deals with driving, this means that you will not be able to fulfill your employment duties, which can lead to the loss of your job.
If you’re serving time
If the courts successfully charge you with a DUI, consider how the penalties will affect your work. Are you going to have to serve time in jail? Or are you required to do community service? This may take away from your ability to show up to work.
If there is a company policy
If your company has policies that forbid criminal activity, they may be able to fire you because of your DUI.
When you are getting ready to talk with your boss about your DUI, it’s always wise to talk with your attorney first. They can help you understand your rights as an employee and look over your employment contract to know how this may affect your job.