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Can Getting a DUI Ruin a Career?

If you receive a DUI or DWI in your personal life, you may think that it wouldn’t affect your job. But the truth is even if you weren’t engaged in anything work-related at the time, a conviction like this can affect your career.

If you have a career in a public position, such as a politician or a school principal, your conviction will be made public and often results in administrative leave.

What to Do If You Face a DUI Charge?

Be prepared to face consequences that you did not see coming. You may not think one mistake made on your personal time will affect your job, but you are likely wrong.

1. Never lie. Always tell the truth to your employer. They are more likely to forgive an admitted mistake rather than find out you lied about it later.

2. Contact an expert lawyer. Just because you are charged with a DUI does not mean that the conviction will stick. A skilled lawyer can help you prepare your defense and fight for your job while the case is in process.

When a split-second decision turns into a DUI, it is best to have a lawyer on your side to help navigate the logistics of such a charge.


The difference between a DUI and a DWI differs from state to state. Sometimes, the terms are used synonymously. Other times, DWI is considered more severe as alcohol or drugs are not only found in possession but a test is done to prove that the driver was intoxicated at the time.

The best way to avoid getting in trouble with a DUI or DWI is to drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive. Be prepared if you drink too much by calling a rideshare service, asking a friend for a drive, or walking home. One moment’s decision could change your life.

At Miles & Hatcher, LLP, we can help you get your affairs in order if you have been charged with a DUI. It is a delicate process that requires professionals to help you navigate your career and conviction. Call to schedule a free consultation: (909) 481-4080.

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