For some, choosing a career changes from one moment to the next. On the other hand, others dream of following one path until they reach their goal.
Whether you have thought about a specific path for your whole life, you recently stumbled on your latest ambition; drunk driving charges can seriously impact certain careers. Several jobs are difficult to pursue if you have a DUI on your record.
Here’s what you should know about the challenges that come with a DUI and how it could impact your career path.
Making licensure difficult
Many jobs that require a professional license will take a comprehensive look into your history, including drunk driving charges. The licensing boards tend to look unfavorably at those who have criminal charges, especially for careers such as:
- Working with children
- Nursing and other medical professions
- Real estate
These positions tend to look for people who will be able to have a clear head while working with clients or patients. Having a DUI on your record can make it challenging to back up the perspective that you can perform at the level they expect in the field.
Facing charges early
Part of being able to pursue positions that may not look favorably on someone with DUI charges is dealing with the charge the right way the first time. You may be tempted to try to take care of a charge as fast as possible by pleading guilty, but that can leave the charge on your record and come with serious consequences.
Part of dealing with a drunk driving charge the first time is using the opportunity to challenge the charge. You should talk to a skilled professional about your charges and what you can do to limit the impact on your career.