Unintended consequences… it is one of the most appropriate terms for a San Diego DUI. Does someone’s decision making need to be scrutinized by their employer if someone gets a San Diego DUI?
A San Diego DUI comes with so many penalties. Some of which happen while the individual walks into court.
I have written in previous articles about DMV license suspensions, San Diego DUI fines, and DUI education courses.
However, today we focus on an individual’s job. There are some professions (Nurses, teachers, police) who have to go through a process when receiving a San Diego DUI. Some jobs take it on a case-by-case basis. Should they?
On one hand people would say that individual’s decision making is in question and it needs to be determined they should continue with their job. On the other hand, who here has not gone out and had a fun time? Could it be a borderline blood alcohol level and just a drive into checkpoint a few miles from home? Were they even impaired? Has the individual shown any signs of alcohol abuse or bad decision making before? The facts should be taken into consideration and not act with a knee-jerk reaction.
It is a valid argument and a case can be made for both sides. I as an employer would ensure that any criminal charge would be brought to my attention. We then would look over the facts to see if there are any flags.
In any event, the unintended consequences of a San Diego DUI go far beyond the DMV and the courts. It can stretch all the way to your livelihood.
Below is an article on the issue. Have a great Sunday.
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Schaumburg schools Superintendent Andrew DuRoss was reprimanded and will have his contract renegotiated to include a morals clause following his recent guilty plea to reckless driving stemming from his DUI arrest last month.
The Schaumburg Township District 54 school board announced the decision after a three-hour closed-session Thursday night where it discussed possible disciplinary action.
In the weeks ahead, the board will work to renegotiate DuRoss’ $195,000, five-year contract that goes through the 2017-18 school year, said board President Bill Harper. The board will pursue a morals clause with penalties, which will be voted on at a future meeting.
Harper read aloud the official letter of reprimand, saying: “Although the incident occurred during non-school hours and off school grounds, you are reminded that as the superintendent, your conduct, during both school and non-school periods, directly reflects on the district, the board of education, the community, our students and their families.”
“The entirety of what occurred on that evening evidences poor decision making that calls into question your ability to lead this district effectively. We expect that in the future, no similar incidents will occur, or your employment can be terminated immediately.”
DuRoss, 46, of Naperville, was arrested in the early hours of Feb. 1 and charged with DUI.
That night, DuRoss said, he went out to dinner with his wife and another couple at a Naperville restaurant.
Police said officers, who had gone to the restaurant earlier that night after DuRoss’ party complained to restaurant managers that a purse had gone missing from his table, had warned DuRoss not to drive. Within the hour, DuRoss was spotted driving near the restaurant, and his blood alcohol level was 0.117, according to court documents.
This week, DuRoss pleaded guilty to reckless driving, received court supervision and agreed to undergo alcohol counseling, wear an alcohol monitoring anklet for six months and pay $2,500 in fines and court costs.
As part of the plea, the DUI case was not pursued.
Harper said DuRoss did not notify the board in advance of his guilty plea.
“It’s been a very difficult situation for me and my family,” DuRoss said. “I’m very accepting of the board’s decision.”
The school board has publicly backed DuRoss, but Harper said nothing was off the table — including firing the superintendent — during discussions.
“We considered everything. We discussed everything,” Harper said.
Mike Victor of Schaumburg, had criticized Harper during public comment at the regularly scheduled meeting preceding the closed session. He said the school board president should recuse himself for publicly backing DuRoss.
With a copy of the Naperville police report on hand, Victor asked the school board to do an independent investigation regarding its top administrator.
“In my opinion, given the serious nature of the charges and the important responsibility of the position of superintendent, the board would retain an employment attorney to investigate Mr. DuRoss’ conduct and make non-biased recommendations to the board as to what action should be taken.”
But James Lechuga, also of Schaumburg, pleaded with the board not to fire DuRoss, saying such a move would be a “knee-jerk reaction.”
“Who here has not gone out and had a fun time?” Lechuga said to the crowd of about 40 people. “I hope that the board will take that into consideration and not act (with) a knee-jerk reaction and in fact take his entire career into account and realize he’s not a serial offender of any type.”
DuRoss has held steady on keeping his job, but said he has been “humbled: by the incident. He called it a mistake that was not representative of his character. He has not addressed the issue at the public board meetings.
A former school principal, DuRoss was the district’s assistant superintendent for human resources before being named superintendent at District 54. This is his first school year leading the elementary school system with 27 schools and he has had no disciplinary issues, officials said.
At the last school board meeting in February, two other parents spoke during public comment about the issue and asked for the superintendent to resign. Harper said the community response overall has been split on the issue.
Harper announced the close session around 8 p.m. Thursday and warned that the discussion could take hours. The board¹s attorney was called in and out of the closed session and Charlotte Kegarise, board vice president, left the meeting for personal reasons at about 10 p.m.