If you are taken into custody for a DUI in Florida, you may lose your driving privileges or spend time in jail. If convicted, you face additional jail time, a license suspension, or revocation, and a fine. In addition, you may have a harder time finding employment both now and in the future.
Companies tend to avoid risk
A company may be less likely to hire you or keep you on if you don’t have access to reliable transportation because you lost your driving privileges due to your DUI. Furthermore, a firm might be wary about hiring someone who has a criminal record as it may make it more vulnerable to liability in a future lawsuit.
Companies want good decision-makers
Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is clearly a poor decision. A company may think that it won’t be the last time you make the wrong choice when under pressure. Therefore, it may decide to hire another candidate who has a cleaner past. This may be more so if the position requires you to interact with the public on a regular basis.
Obtaining credentials becomes much harder
A DUI conviction might impact your ability to graduate from college or otherwise get the education or degree that you need to advance in your career. It may also make it harder to find an apartment you want — close to your employer of choice. Ultimately, you may not be able to get the job you want because you won’t have the degree you need for it or because you may have to live too far away to bike or walk to the office or job site.
If you are charged with or convicted of DUI, it may have a significant impact on your career. However, it may also be possible to get such a charge reduced or possibly dismissed. This could be done by casting doubt on any witness testimony, blood test results or other evidence used.