Can a drink-driving conviction affect your employability?

Almost all of us are law-abiding, careful drivers who would never knowingly get behind the wheel of a car if we have the slightest suspicion that we’re over the limit.

However, mistakes can still be made, even by the most careful of drivers – that one pint of beer in the pub might have been a bit stronger than you imagined (which is why a zero-alcohol policy is a great idea if you’re driving), or you think you’re OK to drive the morning after a night out.

These innocent mistakes can affect you and your career for the rest of your life, which is why it’s vital to be informed and to be as careful as possible. You were convinced a good night’s sleep and lots of water would clear your system by the morning, but nothing can speed up the processing of alcohol by your liver and so you fail the breath test. This shock is just the start of a life-changing experience that can affect – or even lose you – your job.

Must I tell my employer about the conviction?

Some company contracts require you to declare a drink-driving conviction, so make sure you read your employee handbook when you join – not when you are released from police custody. It’s especially important that you declare any offence if your job involves driving, as almost all drink-driving convictions involve at least a six-month ban. This is a serious situation, so you need expert advice from companies like drinkdrivesolicitor.com to help you if you’ve been charged.

Will I lose my job?

This will largely depend on the nature of your job. If your job involves driving and you can expect a ban, you will probably be dismissed. If you were driving a company car at the time of the offence or on company time, you will most likely be sacked immediately.

Will I lose my driving licence?

If you plead guilty or are found guilty of drink driving a disqualification is inevitable. However, strategies can be adopted to reduce the risk of conviction. Visit drinkdrivesolicitor.com to find out more.

Will I lose my membership to professional associations?

A criminal conviction of any sort can nullify your membership. Some associations will cancel it if you’re already a member while others will simply not allow you to join. It’s possible that some will let you back in after pre-defined time periods; almost all bodies of this nature will do background checks, so don’t make things worse by adding lying into the bargain.

Will my drink-driving conviction always show on background checks?

It’s possible that a shorter ban will not show up on a basic background check once it’s spent. However, if you need an enhanced check – you might work with vulnerable people, for example – your conviction will always show.

Have a zero-alcohol policy

Drink-driving is a serious offence and isn’t viewed well by society as a whole. It’s something that will affect your job and career prospects for a long time and so if you want to be able to compete in a tough job market, simply ditch the car if you’re drinking. A cab might seem expensive, but it’s well worth it in the long run.


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