Can I Lose My Job Over a DUI?

Getting charged with a DUI has far-reaching consequences. It could result in your Driver’s License being suspended. It could lead to lengthy and expensive court experiences. Depending on the severity of the situation, you could even be facing time in jail. One question that we get asked a lot hits a little closer to home: can you lose your job over a DUI?

The answer, as with most legal questions, is “it depends.” The vast majority of American employees work at will, meaning they can be fired at any time for any reason or quit at any time for any reason. This means that your employer does indeed have the power to fire you over a DUI charge. Here are some of the situations where it is more likely to happen:

If You Were On Company Time

If you got charged with a DUI while you were actively working on something for your employer, it’s a safe bet you won’t be easily returning to that job.

If You Work in Transportation Services

If you work as a bus driver, pilot, limo driver, or cab driver, you will likely lose your job after getting charged with a DUI. It will be very difficult to get another job in the same field. The same goes for Uber or Lyft drivers. Once you have been charged with driving under the influence, it will be extremely difficult to drive for a living again.

If You Need a Professional License

Many positions require an employee to have a professional license, including doctors, lawyers, nurses, and accountants. It is common for the professional agencies granting the licenses to revoke them in the event of an arrest, regardless of the crime. If you get your professional license revoked, you cannot work in that field again until it is reinstated.

If You Hold a High Position

People looked on to be responsible are often held to a high standard. This can include community leaders like senators, mayors, clergymen, teachers, and law enforcement. If you are charged with a DUI, you may be asked or forced to resign from your position of perceived high moral standing.

When You Need Help

Even if you don’t lose your job as the result of your DUI charge, you’re going to be spending a lot of time away from work trying to fight the case. To get the help you need to ensure your future is protected, contact John M. Totten, P.C. today! We can help you get back on track.