getting a dui

Unfortunately, getting a DUI is a problem many people have to deal with; every year, police arrest around 1.4 million people in the United States for driving under the influence.

A charge of DUI means you are behind the wheel with more than the legal blood alcohol level, or you have drugs in your system. The legal blood alcohol limit is .08 percent in every state.

So what happens after getting a DUI? It depends how many offenses you have. Also, it can depend on the level of your offense. Keep reading to find out more about getting charged with DUI and how it can affect your future.

Getting a DUI

Getting a job with a DUI might be harder now. This list will help you figure out whether a DUI will affect your career.

It Can Affect Your Background Check

In some cases, a company policy may prevent hiring someone with a DUI on their record.

If this is the case, a DUI on your record will affect your hiring. It doesn’t matter how qualified you are for the position. If you have a history of being reckless, future employers won’t want to take a chance on you.

Suspension of License

When convicted of driving under the influence, your license is suspended.

Getting to work will be difficult if you can’t find consistent transportation. Missing work too often because of a suspended license will result in termination.

A company has to be able to rely on their employees. If you aren’t getting to work on time, they won’t have a choice but to fill your position with someone else.

Time Away from Work

If you happen to keep your license, there are still ways you can put your job in jeopardy.

If convicted of driving under the influence, you’ll have time away from work–especially if your conviction involves jail time. Between community service and court dates, you could be missing much time at work.

Most employers are not going to be very forgiving of your time away.

Commercial Driver’s License

Does your job involve driving? Do you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL)?

If driving is a requirement of your current job, a DUI on your record could cause you to lose it, and it could prevent you from getting future jobs where driving is required. The DUI will remain on your record for many years. Most employers don’t want to hire a driver that has a history that includes a DUI.


Does your employer provide car insurance for your role in the company? If so, the presence of your DUI could affect that insurance.

Prices for insurance go up when you have a record. There’s no guarantee your employer will want to pay for the extra costs.

Getting a Job with a DUI

How do you get a job with a DUI? Honesty about your past can be the best way to go. Always speak to your lawyer about the job application first.

When turning in a new application, include letters with your probation officer’s recommendations. If the interviewer sees you’ve come a long way, they will be more likely to be willing to hire you.

Help with Your DUI

Getting a DUI can seem like the end of the world. The Law Offices of David B. Tarr is a DUI Lawyer in Columbia SC with over twenty years of experience. We are here to help you deal with all aspects of a DUI charge. We can help you get lesser charges, reduce fines, or get out of it all together.

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