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Will a DWI charge impact your job?

A criminal charge often will have some effect on your employment. Whether you currently have a job or are looking for one, a DWI on your record may come up, and it could cause some problems.

It is a good idea that you understand the potential consequences as soon as possible so that you can prepare for them. BACtrack notes that in some cases, a DWI conviction could cost you your job.


Some occupations have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to a DWI charge or conviction. In some cases, it is a law that will determine your fate. For example, if you drive for a living, a DWI could mean you lose your job because you will likely be under a driver’s license suspension. Even if you maintain your license, it is possible the company policy will require you to quit or face termination.

Occupations that require a professional license may also be in jeopardy. Some licensing boards consider a DWI an offense for which they will revoke your license. If this happens, you can no longer work in the profession.

In some situations, you may just face disciplinary action. Your employer may suspend you instead of firing you.


If you are trying to find a new job, it could be more difficult after a DWI conviction. Employers who run background checks will find out about it. They may have policies in place that means they will not hire you if you have such a charge on your record.


You may also run into attendance issues at work due to the DWI even if your employer does not care about the actual conviction. If you have to go to court often or if your sentence includes jail time, you may miss too much work. Your employer has the right to fire you for violating the company’s attendance policy.