There are a great deal of consequences that come along with some of the DUI penalties. A conviction can impact college admissions, custody during divorce, and subsequent criminal charges, among other things. The most consequential is how the offense can have a negative impact on a person’s ability to get a job. Almost every employer will complete a criminal background check during the hiring process, and because a DUI conviction is a criminal one, it will certainly put those arrested for driving under the influence at a disadvantage.
Getting a Job with a DUI
The first question many ask after they are charged with DUI is this: “Can I get a job with the offense on my record?” The simple answer is yes, but there is more to it.
Driving under the influence is a serious offense that could affect future employment. Many of the consequences depend on the severity of the sentencing. Thus, it is very important to obtain the right legal protection. Hiring an attorney will greatly increase the chances of a successful outcome. “A study by the American Bar Association found that defendants with a DUI conviction who were represented by a lawyer were more likely to be found not guilty or have their charges dismissed (70%) than those who represented themselves (30%).” Therefore, hiring an attorney can have a direct impact on your chances of acquiring a job after being charged with driving under the influence.
A criminal defense attorney will understand the current laws, regulations, standards, and precedents regarding DUI penalties, and this knowledge will ensure that you have a strong case in your defense. This will increase your chances of receiving a lighter sentence, or it might even result in a complete dismissal of your charge. Receiving a lighter sentence will make the job search process smoother. Therefore, if you have been charged with driving under the influence, you will be more likely to get a job if you hire an attorney than if you do not.
While it may be more difficult to get a job with a DUI conviction, it is not impossible. Depending on the industry, it may or may not affect your ability to be employed. Generally, you are still eligible for most types of employment. However, a DUI conviction could result in your ability to secure a job that involves driving. Similarly, if you work in a field that requires a license, such as nursing, teaching, or law, there is a chance that your license may be revoked by the state entities that govern these fields.
North vs South Carolina DUI Laws
While all states have laws related to driving under the influence, there are differences. There can even be different laws from one county to the next. Penalties upon a DUI conviction are different in each state. For example, see how SC and NC states differ. South Carolina DUI laws dictate that the severity of your penalty depends on your BAC. This will impact how much you are fined, jail time, and how long your license is suspended. In North Carolina, if your blood alcohol concentration is 0.04 or above, then you will have the same penalties as someone with a 0.08 BAC, for instance. However, a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 or more requires ignition interlock restriction for a period of one year upon license restoration. Additionally, in North Carolina, the third offense is a felony instead of a misdemeanor, whereas a fourth offense is considered a felony in South Carolina.
For this reason, it is smart to get a DUI attorney if you are charged. A lawyer licensed to practice law in that particular state will be best able to help.
About Price Sigal
Now a criminal defense attorney with Henderson & Henderson law firm in Charleston, Price previously worked as a criminal prosecutor for almost 11 years in South Carolina. She helps minimize the impact on future employment opportunities to those arrested for driving under the influence. Price aims to ease your mind and overcome all of the challenges that come along with the offense and recidivism. Contact Price or call (843) 212-3188.