Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol continues to be one of the leading causes of car accidents. Operating under the influence (OUI) is also known as driving under the influence or DUI. It doesn’t really matter how you identify it, the results can be very serious. Many people do not realize the long term effect an OUI charge can have on their career.
Practically all employers run background checks on potential employees. So you must realize that each and every time you apply for a job, your conviction will show on your background check. Some of the most stable careers can be found in public service or government. Many of these jobs do not require a college education for entry level positions. Once you are hired, you can move up the ladder of success and make a really good living. However, an OUI charge can keep you from being hired to many of these positions. So, your career choices are limited.
An OUI charge and conviction can also cost you your job. Many people have jobs that require them to maintain a certain ethical conduct whether they are working or not. Things done outside of work can be just as serious as things done while at work. If you are in a position that requires you to maintain a level of professionalism at all times, an OUI charge and conviction will likely get you suspended from work for a certain period of time or even terminated. Even if you do not have this type of position, an employer may view you as a liability and decide you are not a good fit for his or her organization. This is especially true with positions that require you to drive.
Operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol may also cost you promotional opportunities at work. Employers expect management staff to conduct themselves at a level that is uncommon for most employees. Not only is leadership and decision making important, but ethical conduct and character are also important. Driving under the influence is very poor decision making, and an employer may view this as a reflection of an employee’s true character. He or she may not want such a person managing their business affairs and choose to promote your competition instead of you.
You must also consider the embarrassment and shame if your coworkers find out. No one respects someone who drives under the influence or keeps coming down with an OUI charge, and while coworkers may not directly address your troubles, they may certainly talk as they distance themselves from you. This often causes stress that only grows as you endure months of legal trouble and financial loss that ultimately leads to poor work performance, increased anxiety and potential stress leave.
It is very easy not to think about the long term effects one bad decision can have on your present or future career. Many people would gladly make a different decision if they had the chance to do it all over again. Unfortunately, there are consequences for every poor decision you make regardless of your regret. However, hope is never completely lost as long as you are willing to make changes. This is a decision that is not easy and requires the right support. Don’t waste another minute. Get help from many who have walked your path and successfully turned to live productive, happy lives. Call right now.