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Don't Drive with Your Job in Jeopardy

Like driving, working is a privilege that we often take for granted. And for those who choose to drive under the influence, those paychecks can disappear in a flash. Oftentimes, when you are charged with a DUI, you must notify your employer. Failure to do so may result in your employer deciding to dismiss you.

If you operate a vehicle or a large machine vehicle, such as a backhoe or caterpillar for a living, and are found to have operated it under the influence, you will likely be summarily dismissed. Even if operating heavy machinery is not in the nature of your job, failing to inform your employer of a felony conviction can result in your dismissal.

Just as your employer did a background check on you when you were hired, they routinely perform them throughout your employment, and if they find that you have not informed them of a felony conviction, they are strongly inclined to dismiss you.

Even, if you do get to keep your job, getting to work will become difficult as you will need to arrange for a means of transportation, which usually increases the time of your commute. Though public transportation is a viable solution, you may find that is a difficult way to get around in your area.

Should you find yourself in a situation where getting to work is inconvenient or near impossible, you may be granted a hardship driving privilege. A court will usually allow you to travel to your place of work or school. First though, you need to hire a lawyer. He or she may be able to help you plead to lesser charges or obtain that hardship license so you can still drive to work or school. Though you may have made a mistake in driving under the influence, your right to earn a living should not be completely stripped from you. If you have a dedicated attorney familiar with the nuances of DUI cases, your life does not necessarily have to drastically change. Find an attorney in your area who can help save your driving privileges and your job.