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Can a DUI conviction get me fired?

The second you're arrested with a DUI, your mind starts racing, thinking of all the possible implications if you're convicted. Your spouse will no doubt be furious, your kids will be embarrassed, you might lose your license and your car...but what about your job? They can't take away your job just for this, can they? No, you think. No way.

But you're wrong. If you're convicted of a DUI, your employer has different reasons to let you go-and all of them legal. Most employment is known as "at-will," which means an employer can fire you for almost any reason, as long as it's not discriminatory or retaliatory. Even if it's just an arrest, you're likely to face these types of problems at work:

  • Being fired because your photo or arrest with your name appears in a newspaper (print or online) and it reflects poorly on the company who hired you, especially if you deal with the public in your role (car sales, insurance agent, retail worker, teacher, etc.)
  • Being late to work or missing work due to (1) having lost your license and the ability to drive, (2) having to go to court or community service during work hours
  • Being fired for not giving any notice (or enough advance notice) that you won't be in (because you were arrested)
  • Being called out for violating the company's code of conduct that you pledged to uphold
  • Being banned from handling sensitive or confidential material due to your lack of judgment--and since that is what you do for work, you're terminated

If you're a commercial driver in Colorado, then you probably already know that you'll face harsh penalties after a DUI conviction that could result in temporary or lifetime disqualifications.

If you do get pulled over and arrested for a DUI, contact a criminal defense attorney who can help you from getting convicted before it's too late. You may have made a mistake, but that doesn't mean your life should fall apart due to lost income. Remember, a DUI conviction won't only affect your current job. It can cost you jobs in the future due to background checks. The best solution is avoiding a conviction right now. 

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