Getting charged with a DUI is often a traumatic life event, but some people can actually underestimate the impact it could have. This is especially true for people who have never experienced a DUI charge before.
It is important for anyone facing a DUI to understand the exact impacts that it can have on a person’s life and career.
Direct impact on job hunting
Forbes discusses what happens after a person ends up with a DUI on record. First, it can impact a person’s ability to find a job. Many job fields do not hire people with a DUI on record. This particularly includes jobs that require the transport of items, goods or people, as well as jobs involving children. This includes teaching positions and even tutoring jobs. Government agencies also typically do not hire anyone with a DUI on record.
Impact on schooling
It can also make it harder to train up for future jobs, too. Many people will struggle with college for various reasons after getting a DUI. Some colleges may overlook an applicant with a criminal record, especially if they have a low acceptance rate. Others may expel a student for a DUI crime, though this most often happens when the DUI charge is accompanied by other convictions such as property damage or injury.
In other cases, the lack of ability to drive freely can damage a person’s chances of getting a job even in a field that does not discriminate against people with a DUI on record. Having reliable transportation is a major requirement in many positions, after all.
Thus, people who do not want their future careers harmed should take a DUI charge seriously from the start.