Getting a DUI can be extremely embarrassing whereas most people want to move on after such an unpleasant experience. However, you might be wondering whether your DUI will end up impacting your professional life. One thing that might cross your mind, and could cause you to lose sleep, is whether you have to tell your employer about your DUI. The answer is that it depends. There are certain situations where you might have to tell your employer, but in many cases, disclosing this information is not required.
When would I have to tell my employer about my DUI?
If you signed a contract with your current employer, take a look at it. Does it state that you have to disclose anything like a DUI, arrest, or conviction? If the contract requires your disclosure under the circumstances, then you should abide by its terms. Remember though, that if you are required to inform your employer of a conviction, and you were arrested, but not convicted, then disclosure would not be necessary. If you fail to notify your employer despite a contractual obligation to do so, you will be considered in breach of your employment contract. This could cause you to lose your job.
Another scenario when you might have to disclose your DUI is if your job includes driving. For one thing, there is a greater chance that your contract will require you to have a clean driving record if you are responsible for driving as part of your job. It is also possible though that your DUI will impact your ability to drive, and that as a result, it will impact your ability to do your job. In this case, failing to notify your employer might not be an option. Additionally, if you have a DUI, and you cause an accident while driving for work, your employer could find themselves liable for having you drive when you have a DUI.
Without some specific reason to notify your employer, there is no universal rule that your employer must be notified of your DUI.
What about applying for new jobs?
When applying for a new job, you might be asked questions regarding whether you have ever been convicted of a crime. In these situations, the wording of the job application is very important. Sometimes you will not have to disclose any convictions unless you were convicted of a felony. If this is the case, then if you were arrested and not convicted, or if you were convicted of a misdemeanor, then you would not have to disclose anything. It is important to fully understand what is being asked.
If you were arrested for a DUI, it is important to find an experienced attorney to represent you. You will likely have plenty of questions regarding how the DUI will impact your life, and an attorney will be able to help you understand how to handle these situations so that you are not in violation of any laws or agreements to which you are subject. Contact us at 864-982-5930 today to learn more about how we can make a difference for you.
What will a criminal defense attorney do for my case?
Once I have evaluated your case I will provide you an overview of your case. This will describe among other things the criminal law process, how we will work together to navigate the criminal justice system, and what expectation I have for you as a client and what expectations you should have for me as your defense attorney.
What should my attorney do to prepare my case for trial?
I collect not only the evidence that the government is required to supply, but also gather my own evidence for your defense as well. I will talk to witnesses, look for other video from third party sources, and go to the scene of the alleged offense. I believe your case is far to important not to go the extra mile to insure we know all the facts for your case, to provide you the best possible defense.
What do I need to do to help my attorney defend me?
No one cares more about your case than you. While we prepare your case, we also prepare your for trial. The one thing we need most from you is total honesty. Remember, everything you and I talk about is confidential. I am on your side.
For Drug offense cases, we may require you to look into a rehabilitation facility. I have had client’s charged with drug crimes who unfortunately we suffering from serious addiction and needed help, not jail. When I was able to convince those clients to make the difficult decision and enter a rehabilitation facility it helped create a positive situation that made negotiating their case more favorable. Many criminal cases last over a year. If I can help get a client suffering from an addition on the path to recovery while defending them from their criminal drug charges, their future becomes much more optimistic, and often, so does their case. Changing your life prior to trial or before a plea will greatly decrease your changes of going to jail. We are here to help not only with your legal needs, but also to help you in life. We have seen success stories and want you to be one too.
How much does a criminal defense attorney cost?
Your attorney’s fees will be based on multiple things including but not limited to, the severity of the crime, the evidence against you, prior convictions, and the amount of jail time your are facing if convicted. For criminal defense services I charge my client’s a flat fee on almost all cases at the start of their case. Therefore, you know how much your case will cost on day one.
I also am aware that many people are unable to afford to pay thousands of dollars upfront. In order to better serve my clients I offer a payment plan option. If you’d like to see if you qualify for our criminal defense payment plan option please contact us by using our form, or call us directly at (864) 372-2896.
Who will handle my case?
How do you know the attorney you hire is the attorney who will represent you during the entire process? I personally guarantee that I will handle every part of your criminal case, you will not be passed of t a junior attorney.
Aaron De Bruin | Criminal Defense Attorney
For over 10 years, Aaron De Bruin has been dedicated to representing clients within the criminal justice system. Aaron is committed to relentlessly providing his clients the legal counsel they deserve during the difficult times associated with a criminal charge. He prides himself on the ability to defend his clients and constantly seek the most favorable outcome for their individual situation.
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