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How Does Having a DUI Affect You?

As you are probably aware, DUI offenses are taken very seriously in California. Even a DUI charge without a conviction can have impactful consequences.

Here’s what you should know about how having a DUI on your record can affect your life:

Your Driver’s License Can Be Revoked

For your first conviction, your driver’s license may be revoked for up to two years. As a result, if you are required to drive for work, your employment status may be affected by a DUI offense.

As a California resident, you most likely understand how important it is to be able to drive. Having your license revoked can make even the most trivial errands seem like monumental hurdles.

If Convicted, the Offense Will Appear On a Background Check

It is common for employers to runs background checks on applicants before choosing to offer employment. A felony or misdemeanor DUI conviction will show up on a background check and may hinder your efforts to find meaningful employment.

Your background check may also be needed if you apply for college financial aid or for housing. That means your higher education and housing opportunities can also be impacted by a DUI conviction.

Your Job May Suffer

A DUI arrest or conviction can also impact your work and your ability to show up in a timely manner. Your work schedule can easily be affected by:

  • Court dates
  • Jail time
  • Community service

Additionally, you may be at a disadvantage if you apply for a new job. If the decision of who to hire comes down to you and someone else who doesn’t have a DUI conviction, you can probably guess who will end up getting the job.

Similarly, if the job you’re applying for requires the use of a company vehicle, you may not qualify for the position at all as a result of the DUI conviction. The following are some examples of jobs you may not be able to get with a DUI conviction:

  • Sales
  • Truck driving
  • Pizza delivery
  • Catering
  • Cab driving jobs

If you need effective DUI defense, contact our skilled attorneys at The Law Offices of Johnson & Johnson by calling (925) 900-5330 or by filling out our online contact form.

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