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Possible effects of a DWI on employment

When people are under the influence of a substance, they can be a danger to themselves and others; when those people are driving, that danger intensifies. For this reason, those caught driving under the influence may face stiff penalties.

It is important for drivers facing the charge to secure a proper DWI defense if they hope to maintain their license. Also, it might be beneficial for some parties to fight the charge if they desire to avoid certain effects that the conviction may have on their employment.

General effects

For hourly workers, the court process in itself may present an issue with their employment. In certain cases where the arrested party must post bail, they may not have the funds available. Also, the defendant must attend court, which usually occurs during the workday. Missing so many hours may create financial strain or loss of employment.


In certain professions, a DWI goes against the code of conduct. Therefore, those who are guilty of such acts may face suspension or license revocation. Some of the professionals that fall into this category include the following:

  • Law professionals
  • Educators
  • Physicians
  • Accountants

Along with professions, there are certain companies that hold their employees to a high standard and may have consequences for those who commit such offenses.

The unemployed

The unemployed may find it especially difficult to deal with a DWI conviction due to the financial strain and possible transportation restrictions. However, it is possible for those who are unemployed, as well as professionals and other workers, to regain their driving privileges. In cases where the blood alcohol levels were high or it is a repeat offense, additional measures, such as an ignition interlock device may be necessary. 

As you can see, a DWI conviction can greatly impact current and future employment. For those who choose to fight the charge or simply need help in decreasing the impact of a conviction on their future, a knowledgeable attorney may be a helpful ally.


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