Some of the most immediate punishments for driving under the influence in Colorado include the automatic suspension of your driver’s license, a fine, and jail time. But as you start to rebuild your life post-DUI, you may realize that one of the most significant impacts is on your career.
It may make it difficult to get to work
If you rely on driving to get to your job and you no longer have a valid driver’s license, you may have to find a new job that is closer to home or that has public transportation options. This can be difficult and time-consuming, and it may mean taking a job that is lower paying or that is not in your desired field.
Even if you don’t lose your license, a DUI will still show up on your driving record and may make it difficult to get approved for a company car or to be able to drive for work purposes. A conviction may also show up on background checks.
You may have trouble keeping your job
Many employers have strict policies against drinking and driving, and if you are convicted of a DUI, you may be fired from your job. Even if you don’t lose your job, a DUI conviction can make it difficult to advance in your career. Employers may view you as irresponsible or not capable of making good decisions, and you may be passed over for promotions or raises.
It can make it difficult to work in certain fields
There are some careers where a DUI conviction can make it difficult or impossible to work. For example, if you’re a commercial truck driver, you will likely lose your job and have a hard time finding another one. The same is true for positions that require you to drive company vehicles or that give you access to sensitive information, like a security clearance.
A DUI can have a significant impact on your career, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the road. If you’re facing charges, you may be able to prove your innocence or manage to reduce the charges. You may also be eligible for a first-time offender program that can help you keep your job and avoid a conviction.