No matter your religion, the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve seems to be filled with activities. When you’re out and about in the Maryland DC metro with family or friends, a drink of holiday cheer can lighten your mood. That same holiday cheer can also darken your career prospects if a DUI conviction becomes the nightcap to an otherwise perfect evening.
Nationwide, law enforcement beefs up sobriety patrols during the holiday season in an ongoing effort to curb drunk driving. A sobriety checkpoint was set up on Route 40 and Governors Run Way in Ellicott City on December 20 and into the wee hours of Saturday morning. According to the police, 950 cars passed through the checkpoint. Of those 950 cars, seven arrests were made for suspicion of drunk driving.
If you were arrested and charged with a DUI and it is your first offense, you may wonder about the consequences of a DUI. There are, of course, the potential fines, jail time and driver’s license suspension or revocation. In addition, there are other consequences that come not from the government but could come from your insurance company, your family, and your potential employers.
In today’s competitive job market, you can feel certain that employers are exercising due diligence when performing background checks. Your prospects for landing that federal job could evaporate if your potential employer sees a DUI conviction on your record. With so many people competing for the same job, government employers can afford to be choosy. While a DUI conviction may not be a legal barrier to employment, it can certainly create a wall between you and your dream job.
A DUI can be removed from someone’s record through expungement, although a better option may be to avoid the DUI conviction in the first place.