Being convicted of drunk driving in Virginia carries stiff penalties, including fines, jail time, and the stigma of a criminal record. However, one often overlooked aspect of a DUI conviction is how it may affect your employment prospects.

Do I Have to Inform My Employer of My DUI?

You are not legally required to notify your employer of a DUI arrest or conviction. If you apply for a restricted license after a DUI conviction, however, the court will require proof of your employment and working hours. Depending upon where in Virginia you live, you may need a statement on company letterhead or a signed form that specifically states you're applying for restricted license due to a DUI.

Can I Be Fired for a DUI Conviction?

When you've been charged with a DUI, you'll want to review your company's handbook very carefully. Many companies require you to report DWI arrests and/or convictions to the human resources department.

Every company is a little different, but you are more likely to be disciplined or terminated for a DUI if your job requires driving. For example, a license suspension for a DUI automatically suspends your CDL. Even if you have a restricted license to drive your personal vehicle to work, the restricted license won't allow you to operate a commercial motor vehicle.

If you are required to maintain a valid security clearance for your employment, you might run into problems since a DUI conviction is a criminal charge. You may be able to get an exemption for a single offense, but could run into trouble if you have other criminal charges on your record.

How Can My Attorney Help Protect My Privacy?

If you're concerned about how a DUI conviction will affect your employment, your attorney may be able to schedule your court appearance at a time that won't interfere with your work schedule. Arrangements to serve jail time may require some time off work, but can be handled in a way that protects your privacy as much as possible.

Virginia attorney T. Kevin Wilson is committed to helping drivers build an aggressive defense against DUI charges. Please call today to schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation.