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How a DUI Conviction Can Affect Employment

How a DUI Conviction Can Affect Employment

A DUI conviction can result in jail time, fines, and license suspension. Additionally, it can also have a negative impact on your career and future employment opportunities. This article is an overview of the potential consequences of DUI in regard to employment.

The Effects of a DUI Conviction When Looking for Work

Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers cannot discriminate against an employee or applicant with a criminal record unless there is a compelling business reason to do so. Kansas is one of several states that have laws which require the employer to prove the relevance of the conviction to the employment when refusing to hire an individual convicted of a criminal offense for both government and private jobs.

However, many employers do not hire these individuals due to the belief a DUI could also mean they are addicted to alcohol or have bad character. They may assume that the person could be constantly tardy and absent from work, or even work under the influence.

How a DUI Conviction Affects Employees

If you already have a job, a DUI conviction may have negative effects on your employment status. The consequnces will largely depend on how series the conviction was and the nature of your job. It perhaps goes without saying that if you are sentenced to any signficant amount of jail time, you will most likely lose your job.

However, if your conviction was a first-time offense that only resulted in a fine or other minor penalties, and if your conviction does not affect your ability to perform your duties at work, then your employer may be lenient. On the other hand, some employers are harsher about DUI convictions than others, so you should not be surprised if an employer responds by putting you on probation or even terminating your employment, regardless of how small your conviction was.

A DUI conviction can have a negative impact on the following types of professions:

  1. Professional drivers
  2. Healthcare providers
  3. Insurance and real estate industries
  4. Teachers
  5. Law enforcement authorities
  6. At-will employment
  7. Military personnel and active-duty service members

For any of the above, a DUI conviction could be seen as compromising to the integrity and responsibilities of their positions, and it is likely a violation of the terms of their employment or service.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, it is critical to retain experienced legal counsel from a qualified criminal defense attorney. At Rokusek Stein Law, LLC, our Kansas City legal team can advise you on a strong legal defense against your charges, while helping to ensure your rights are protected. We are committed to mitigating the damages associated with a DUI conviction, including the future of your career.

For more information, contact us and request a free consultation today.

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