You already understand the legal and financial consequences of a DUI conviction, but that is not the only way it can affect your life. Most fail to anticipate how embarrassed or humiliated they will feel after conviction.
A DUI in Tennessee can also impact your professional life, posing hardships at work or barring you from a new position. A drunk driving conviction can be particularly devastating for those who cannot afford to lose their professional income.
You probably hope to keep your conviction, or even arrest, hidden from your public record to avoid embarrassment or other consequences. Unfortunately, that is typically easier said than done.
Do you have to inform your current employer?
Generally, no, but there are occasions when you may need to report a DUI conviction. For instance, if you must drive to fulfill your job requirements, you should tell your boss about your DUI.
Consider this issue carefully because many industries involve more driving than you may realize. Two examples are the real estate and insurance industries, which usually require at least some driving.
What about a potential employer?
This is where you will likely face the worst consequences. If your potential employer has conducted a background check, you may have no cause to worry, at least for now. However, your conviction will likely come out if the hiring process is underway.
What is the solution?
You cannot really hide a DUI as it is a matter of public record. The best course is avoiding conviction to minimize the impact of a DUI charge. When a current or potential employer realizes you were never convicted, they may be more tolerant of your situation.
Explore your DUI defense options with someone who understands the nuances of Tennessee drunk driving laws.