Will Getting a DUI affect Your Career?

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All of the information on this page has been reviewed and fact-checked by an addiction expert.

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and fact-checked by an addiction expert.

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DUI’s Impact on Career Explained

It’s no secret that a DUI can have grave consequences. But how does getting a DUI impact your career? 

In this resource, we explain.

What Consequences Can I Expect From a DUI?

Penalties vary from country to country; you might get a minor fine in one country but get your license suspended.

If caught driving under the influence of an illegal substance, you might have a permanent criminal record and get your license suspended and fined. In the United States, you can face fines of up to $2,500 if caught drunk driving.

Other penalties include installing ignition interlock systems in some states for repeat offenders, DUI classes, and counseling. Several DUI schools offer DUI classes and give your loved ones the support and education they need.

It is even worse for commercial drivers. If a commercial driver gets convicted of DUI, they might be barred from driving commercial vehicles for at least a year.

In the U.S., if you have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, you will surely be arrested for driving under the influence. Almost 2 million people are arrested each year for drunk driving, damaging their careers and lives.

Will A DUI have an impact on my career?

Most top companies do background checks while hiring an employee, and having a criminal record never works in your favor. Furthermore, coming up with an explanation for drunk driving is never easy.

You can say goodbye to specific jobs even if you’re a first-time offender. DUI is considered a crime, which puts off many companies when hiring an employee. Many organizations do not hire DUI offenders because they have a criminal record.

Many people believe they can get their DUI offenses expunged from their criminal record; however, that isn’t possible in many states, meaning a DUI offense will always show up on your permanent record. Some of the jobs that you cannot get with a DUI offense on your paper include the following:

  • Firefighter
  • Police Officer
  • Government Employee
  • Driving Jobs
  • Teaching Jobs
  • Military Jobs
  • Engineering Jobs
  • Plumbing Jobs
  • Electrician
  • Nurses and more.

Any job requiring a security clearance might be hard to get if you have a DUI.

Nevertheless, several jobs tend to ignore offenses like DUI and might be willing to give the applicant a chance based on their skill and qualification.

There are numerous ways to get a job, even with a DUI conviction. You can search for more flexible jobs in such cases or hire a legal expert to help you find an employment opportunity that does not pay much attention to offenses like DUI.

Do I need to disclose DUI offense(s) while applying for a job?

While hiring, employers and organizations ask the applicant to disclose their criminal record, and if you’re caught hiding something, it can lead to immediate disqualification.

As mentioned above, DUI is a criminal offense as per the law, and you are bound to disclose it when an employer asks for your criminal record.

It isn’t something that can be hidden; it is always a bad idea to try and hide a DUI conviction from your job application if you’re being asked to disclose your criminal record.

What other problems can a DUI create for me?

Apart from making it difficult to get a job, a DUI offense can create numerous other problems that might not sound like a big deal but can create several issues for you.

First, you might get your license suspended, preventing you from driving your car to job interviews or other places.

You might have to rely solely on public transport for your commutes, leading to delays and other unforeseen issues.

Another major problem that DUI can create for you is related to insurance rates. People with a DUI offense on their record must pay much higher insurance rates than others, making everything more expensive.

Furthermore, depending on the intensity and frequency of your offenses, you can even lose your complete insurance coverage.

These are only a few of the many problems that people with a DUI can face, which is why getting help as soon as possible is recommended.

What is a DUI School?

A DUI school is a drug education program that courts order in most cases. The purpose of a DUI school is to teach people about the risks of driving under the influence and how it can have severe repercussions if done frequently. DUI schools focus on entailing the consequences drunk driving can have on a person; everything is discussed, from possible accidents to other problems.

Even though DUI schools and classes are ordered by courts primarily, you can still enroll in a DUI school if you do not have a DUI record. Many people take DUI schools to better themselves and prevent major accidents, among other things.

Can you do DUI School online?

Yes, given the day and age we live in, several centers, like Cornerstone Healing Center, offer DUI schools online, making it easier for people to enroll and take DUI classes. However, it is essential to ensure you go with a reliable healing center backed by solid reviews from people who have benefitted from them.

Cornerstone Healing Center works directly with Arizona courts and MVD, making it the perfect place for online DUI school.

How long is DUI school?

The length and duration of DUI schools depend on the type of program you go with. At Cornerstone Healing, the DUI Alcohol classes have different durations.

You will be asked to give a DUI screening test first, after which you will be enrolled in one of the six sessions.

The duration of the sessions includes DUI 8 hours, 16 hours, 20 hours, 36 hours, 40 hours, and 56-hour classes.

Cornerstone’s DUI Program is one of the best in the business and will help you quickly get your life back on track.


[1] AZDPS.gov

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DUI Education and Recovery Writer

Dane is the Director of Virtual services at Cornerstone. He also contributes factual guides on DUI education so that you can understand all there is to know about DUI laws, DUI education, getting through the process of dealing with a DUI, and getting back on the road.
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Clinical Reviewer, Clinical Director

Lionel, a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC) with over 4 years at Cornerstone. Passionate about helping those with addiction, he has trained as an EMDR therapist  adopting a trauma-informed approach to treat the underlying issues of addiction, providing an empathetic approach to addiction.

Articles written prior to August 2023 were also clinically reviewed by Karen Williams, LPC 

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