Today’s job market is competitive even for people with stellar credit and a squeaky clean record. These days it takes much longer to find a job despite being qualified and have the education and experience. A DUI conviction can put a serious monkey wrench in your career plans. If you are charged with a DUI, you will need a good DUI defense attorney to do some damage control.

More and more employers are doing background checks on applicants. These background checks can go as far back as a decade, which means those years you studied by day and partied and boozed it up by night as a college student could come back to bite you. If a DUI shows up in your background check, your resume goes in the reject pile. Your job search can become very difficult if you have a DUI on your record, unless you have a friend or relative who can put in a good word for you with a potential employer.

Past DUI convictions can come back to haunt you years later when you’re gainfully employed. If your primary job duties involve driving a company vehicle or your own vehicle, a DUI can bring an abrupt end to your employment, or you could be relegated to a non-driving position you may or may not want. If you work in a high-security position or are a government worker, or you’re looking for that type of job, you can kiss it goodbye if you have a DUI on your record. Furthermore, you won’t be able to get another high-security job as long as that DUI remains on your record.

If you are employed and are arrested for DUI, consult with a DUI defense attorney before you notify your employer if at all possible. You may or may not be legally required to let your employer know if you’ve been arrested and/or charged, however, your attorney can advise you of your rights as a defendant and as an employee in the event your legal problems results in your termination. Being charged with a DUI does not necessarily mean you’ll be convicted, which is why retaining a DUI defense attorney is crucial.