How a DUI Might Affect Your Career

If you are charged with DUI in the state of Washington, you may lose your license or spend time in jail. However, a DUI conviction could also result in an inability to find or retain employment. There are several reasons why you may struggle to find work after being convicted of this crime.

License Restrictions

Failing to mount a sufficient criminal defense to a DUI charge may result in a license suspension or a restricted license. Without a license, you may not be able to get to work on time each day. This may be true even if you have access to public transportation in your area. You may also be unable to perform tasks such as traveling to a client’s home or office to provide services.

Employers Take Past Misconduct Seriously

You could be seen as a potential liability risk if you are hired to drive or operate machines at work. If you caused an accident using company equipment, the injured party may point to your past record as evidence that you make poor decisions. Ultimately, your employer could be found guilty of negligence under the assumption that it shouldn’t have hired someone to drive or operate machines who had a history of doing so while impaired.


It’s possible that you could have a professional license revoked if you engage in misconduct. Getting a DUI may be enough to convince a review board to revoke your right to engage in certain trades as failing to do so may put current or future clients at risk of being hurt or killed.

A DUI might have significant consequences for your career regardless of whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or felony. However, it may be possible to get a favorable plea deal by casting doubt against the evidence used against you. In some cases, it may be enough to have the charge dropped entirely, which may enable you to retain your license and avoid other potential interruptions to your life.

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