Most people know about the long-term impact that a drunk driving conviction can have on their career. This can lead many to wonder whether they need to inform their employer that the authorities charged them with driving under the influence (DUI) after an arrest. Do you need to report a DUI arrest at work if you have not been convicted?
Why might a person need to tell their employer about an arrest?
Most people do not have to report an arrest to their current employer. However, a few specific people may need to report an arrest even if that arrest has not yet led to a criminal conviction. Some important questions to ask include:
- Do you drive for work? — If your driver’s license is a key part of your work, you will likely need to report an arrest to your employer. The California Department of Motor Vehicles will immediately put an administrative suspension of your license into motion after your arrest, and you have a limited amount of time to challenge this suspension. As a result, you may need to discuss this challenge with your employer.
- Does your professional license board have a reporting requirement? — Some professional license boards require license holders to report an arrest. However, some licensing boards like the California Board of Registered Nursing only require reporting after a conviction. Depending on your career path, it may be important to review your licensing board’s specific guidelines.
Because of the way that a DUI can endanger your career along with other penalties, it is especially important to seek legal advice from an experienced attorney after an arrest. They can guide you through the legal system and, if your defense is successful, keep this arrest from impacting your career. By proactively creating a legal strategy, you can defend your rights, your freedom and your future career.