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Understanding the Effects of a Maryland DUI Conviction on Professional Life

The criminal penalties and consequences one faces as a result of a Maryland drunk driving conviction are frequently discussed and, while jail time and fines are serious punishments, many often overlook how detrimental a conviction can be for one’s professional life. By being convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), a worker may face changes to his or her existing job privileges, may be fired, or may have difficulty finding work.

Many jobs, including those working with or for the federal government, require an employee to a have a security clearance in order to access certain information. When a worker receives a DUI conviction, he or she may lose his or her security clearance resulting in loss of their position within the organization. While some may lose their jobs completely, a Maryland DUI security clearance loss is often just as serious and can have long-lasting effects on a person’s existing job as well as his or her future employment.

Many jobs, especially those centered on driving, can be easily lost as the result of a drunk driving conviction in Maryland. Often, such stipulations are in the contract an employee signs upon being hired and are difficult to circumvent once convicted of a DUI.

Additionally, the loss of one’s driving privileges can seriously hurt a person’s ability to get to and from work. Even if a person has no ill effects on his or her job due to a DUI conviction, being unable to get to work due to an inability to drive can quickly result in loss of employment. While there are ways around this, such as public transportation and being driven to work by a loved one, this often results in serious complications in one’s personal life and can quickly become expensive.

Often, a desperate worker will still drive despite having a suspended license, but despite all good intentions he or she may have, this can result in further penalties if discovered by the police. At Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC our Maryland suspended license driving attorneys understand your plight and will dedicate our time and effort to defending you from your charges and further penalties. For more information on how we can help you, call us at (301) 321-7277.