Love it or hate it, your job pays the bills and allows you to do what you enjoy. While there might be days when you feel like walking out, you are mature enough to know you must do whatever it takes to protect your job and your livelihood, especially in these difficult economic times. Protecting your job is not limited to what you do on the clock. In fact, depending on the line of work you do, your off-duty hours may have just as much impact on your job security.
One factor that could place your career at risk is a drunk driving conviction. If you have been arrested under suspicion of DWI, you have a great deal at stake. You might be thinking of accepting a plea and putting it all behind you, but you would be wise to begin building a strategy to defend yourself against these charges that can quickly derail your future.
What is on the line?
Drivers often overlook the fact that a drunk driving conviction can result in license suspension unless you opt to install an ignition interlock on your vehicle at your own expense. License suspension means you cannot drive at all, which makes it difficult to get to work. You may end up bumming rides from co-workers or friends or paying for public transportation. For some, this results in arriving late or missing work altogether. However, your job itself may be at risk after a DWI, especially in the following cases:
- You have an employer whose insurance rates will spike because of your conviction.
- Your job requires you to use a company vehicle or do any manner of driving, such as deliveries, sales or catering.
- In your profession, your certification is revoked after an arrest or conviction for drunk driving.
- Your reputation is essential for your job, such as teaching, coaching, law enforcement or politics.
If you lose your job and need to look for new employment or if you decide to change jobs in the future, you might try to avoid revealing that you have a DWI in your past. However, a drunk driving conviction will remain on your criminal record and will show up on an employer’s background check. Even if the job you seek is not one listed above, a potential employer could draw negative conclusions about you based on your record.
The penalties for a drunk driving conviction in New Jersey can be steep and long lasting. You would be wise to examine all of your options and consider the consequences before you make a decision that could severely alter the course of your life.