New Jersey takes drunk driving very seriously. Depending on the severity of the offense (first-time or repeat offender), a DUI conviction can lead to serious legal consequences

However, the consequences of a DUI conviction can extend far beyond the driver’s license suspension, fines and jail time. A DUI conviction will permanently remain on your record. 

Here are three ways a conviction for drunk driving can impact your employment opportunities:

Loss of your professional license

These days, many professions require workers to obtain a license before they can practice. This is the case for pilots, healthcare providers, teachers and accountants, among others. 

One of the conditions for holding a practicing license is that you must notify your employer and the licensing agency if you are convicted of any crime. A DUI conviction can lead to the suspension or revocation of your professional license. 

Difficulty finding work in the future

Most employers conduct background checks on candidates as part of the recruitment process. 

If a potential employer learns about your previous conviction, they may have a second thought before hiring you. This is especially true if you are looking for a driving job or a job where sobriety may be important.

Missing work for hearings

Regardless of your employer’s reaction to your charges, you will still be required to appear in court during your trial. Additionally, the judge may direct you to enroll in a rehabilitation program. All these will mean missing work. And this can cause problems. 

A DUI conviction can impact your career and other aspects of your life in a number of ways. Find out how you can safeguard your rights when facing DUI charges.