Kentucky takes drunk driving very seriously. Even your first offense can land you up to 30 days in jail — and the penalties go up from there. Aside from fines, court fees, lost work days and a steep insurance hike, however, a conviction for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can cost you something much more dear: your career.
Here’s why a DUI conviction can be fatal to any career-minded professional:
- You could be seen having poor character. All employers make judgment calls about applicants. That’s the purpose of a background check. Seeing a DUI conviction on your record may cause a potential employer to wonder if you’re an alcoholic or somebody who just flouts the rules — neither of which is favorable.
- You could fail to get car insurance. If your job requires you to travel, you may not be able to get the right insurance coverage with a DUI on your record.
- You could fail to pass a security clearance. Some companies won’t allow anyone with a criminal record to work for them. They may be required to handle sensitive information. Other jobs, which require you to have access to controlled substances, may see a DUI conviction as a major “red flag.”
- You could lose your professional license (or be denied one). Whether you’re still working toward a professional license or already have one, licensing boards typically have morality rules. A conviction could also interrupt your livelihood.
If you’ve been charged with a DUI, don’t wait — talk to an experienced defense attorney about your legal options and how to protect your rights.