A DUI arrest can impact your personal and professional life, even if you aren’t convicted of a crime. While you may suffer damaging consequences after an arrest, such as jail time or the loss of a license, the impact of a DUI conviction can be even more severe. In some cases, an offender may lose his or his job. It may also be more difficult to find a job in the future. Whether you were recently arrested or have been previously charged with a DUI, remember that you can take steps to protect your professional reputation and opportunities.
Immediately after an arrest, you should consult with an experienced defense attorney. Challenging a DUI arrest or conviction is the surest way to ensure that you do not have a damaging criminal record. Our Washington D.C. DUI defense attorneys understand the serious nature of any conviction and will take every opportunity to protect your rights. In addition to challenging the legal allegations you face in court, we are also committed to helping you preserve your personal and professional reputation.
In the event that you are charged with a DUI, you could potentially lose your job. If your boss has not discovered that you were charged, you could be faced with future jail time that could impact your ability to work. Not only can a DUI impact your current employment, but it could impact your ability to get a job in the future. Remember that you still have rights and with professional help you can minimize the consequences of a DUI charge or conviction.
An experienced advocate can review the facts of your case and challenge any evidence that was illegally obtained or inconclusive. Field sobriety tests, police reports and witness statements, blood or alcohol tests, and other evidence should be reviewed and challenged if possible. Law enforcement officials have been building your case against you since before your arrest. It is important to consult with an attorney who can help to level the playing field. The lower your charges and fewer penalties you face, the more likely you will be able to protect your current job or secure a job in the future.
If you are convicted of a DUI and already have a DUI, it is likely that this information will turn up on a background check. More and more companies are using background checks on applicants before interviewing them, so it is important that you do not lie about a past conviction. If your DUI conviction comes up on a report, be confident and composed and be up front about any questions that may come up. DUI charges are fairly common, so it is not necessarily going to prevent you from getting the job that you want.
There are some ways to minimize the professional toll of a DUI. Working out an arrangement with a court can reduce your charges. Rehabilitation or treatment may also minimize you penalties in the event of a conviction. Remember that your professional reputation is at stake, but you can take steps to challenge DUI charges and minimize penalties and the impact of a criminal record.
If you are facing DUI charges in D.C., contact the Scrofano Law, PC at 202-765-3175.