Being gainfully employed and making money to support your family is not something you should take for granted. If you are lucky enough to have an established career, you want to do everything you can to hold onto it. If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI, you may be facing the potential impact these charges can have on your ability to make a living.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI) you face penalties upon a conviction that includes potential fines and jail time. In addition, your conviction will also be public record. Current employers, potential employers, and the general public can access your conviction records on the Maryland Judiciary Case Search by simply entering your name. A case search can reveal the charges against you, the date of the charges, and the status of the case. A search can also reveal the details of the case, including whether you were convicted or pled guilty.
As far as the consequences to your employment, it is important to remember that Maryland is an “at will” employment state meaning that employees can be fired at any time and for any reason, with some exceptions. Whether you need to report the DUI charge to your employer or whether your employer will fire you based on the charge will depend entirely on who you work for. Most company handbooks spell out company guidelines for employees both on and off the job. Jobs in which a DUI could have an impact include:
- Lawyers, judges, and those in law enforcement
- Teachers and medical professionals
- Politicians and people who work in the government
- Military personnel
In addition to fines and jail time, a DUI conviction can also lead to the suspension of your driver’s license. This can be problematic for anyone who must drive for or commute to work. This can especially be a problem for people who drive for a living. Individuals with commercial driver’s licenses face even stiffer penalties as a CDL is subject to both state and federal suspension. In addition, even if you have not had your license suspended, your employer may not want to take the risk of you driving a company vehicle or traveling in the course of your employment.
If you have a federal job with a security clearance, there is a potential that your clearance will be affected. While one DUI conviction will usually be forgiven, if you have multiple convictions the situation could change. The government takes the whole person into account when granting clearance so demonstrating a course of reckless conduct could impact you negatively.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED DUI ATTORNEY
If you’ve been arrested for DUI, you need an attorney who can provide you with the best possible outcome. Contact the attorneys at Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC or call us at (301) 321-7277 to schedule a free consultation.