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Limited Job Opportunities With a
DUI / DWI Conviction

Many employers will not hire you if you have a drunk driving conviction in your driver's history.  Some companies go back a certain number of years (3, 5, 6, 8, 10).  Others look back as far as your state's driver's history will report a record.  Each state's drivers history is different.  Ask your attorney when you contact an affiliate in your state. 

If you are arrested for a DWI and take the breath or blood test and give a specimen of .08 or more, you will lose your license for 120 days, beginning the 40 day after your arrest.

If you are arrested for a DWI and refuse to take the breath or blood test your license will be suspended for 180 days.  If you want to keep driving, you will need to obtain an occupational license during that 40 day period. 

If you are already employed and are accused of DUI / DWI, a conviction may end your employment.  In fact, upon a pending DUI / DWI being reported to some employers, you will be either terminated or suspended from any company activities involving driving.  Check your employee handbook to see what it says.  You are already aware (in most cases) if your company periodically "runs" a driver's history on you.

The question of whether or not to report an arrest for DUI / DWI is an issue to address immediately with your attorney.  Don't broach the subject with your employer until you have spoken to your DUI / DWI Specialist.  Learn your rights and obligations before risking immediate termination.

Persons with high security clearance may not be able to avoid the DUI / DWI being detected.  Any government agency or subcontractor dealing with government projects will be scrutinized at a far higher level than a normal employee.  These institutions have direct access to difficult-to-access computer databases, such as the NCIC (National Crime Information Computer) or your state's equivalent (in Georgia, it is called GCIC, for "Georgia Crime Information Computer").  Every ARREST will be shown on these comprehensive records.  Immediately ask your knowledgeable DUI / DWI defense attorney about this.