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A DUI could jeopardize your job

Getting arrested for driving under the influence is more than just an evening's embarrassment, the effects of a DUI can haunt you for weeks, months or even years. Unlike say, a speeding ticket, you can't always just pay a fine for a DUI conviction and move on. You will have to go to court and you may lose your driving privileges or be handed a jail sentence, which could impact many other aspects of your life.

Obviously if your license is revoked, you will have to find alternative transportation to get to work. In such circumstances, you may find yourself arriving to the job late or,even missing work all together. And of course, you would be prevented from going to work for the duration of any jail sentence you receive.

Many employers will not brook habitual tardiness or absences and would be within their legal rights to terminate your services for repeated infractions. But even if you don't miss work, an employer could still take a very dim view of your arrest and conviction if you are a visible company representative. The employer could fire you on the basis of having hurt the company's image.

Therefore, if you have been arrested on DUI charges, you may want to discuss your situation prior to entering a plea. An attorney could examine the arrest record and any other pertinent evidence and advise you on your best legal options. It may be possible for the attorney to get the charges dismissed or at least help minimize the penalties the court chooses to impose.

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