Even the sternest and most celebrated professionals need to have fun once in a while. However, one little mistake with alcohol can lead to a DUI charge that can have a huge impact on your reputation.
There are a number of consequences for operating a vehicle while intoxicated as outlined in Indiana’s impaired driving laws. Perhaps most notably is the fact that DUI records are easily-accessible, meaning your career and professional relationships might suffer unless you clear your name in court.
Clients may lose trust in your practice
Lawyers, doctors and various other professionals run practices that rely on intimate relationships with clients. In many cases, clients may place their lives or livelihoods into your hands. One DUI charge may be enough to alter the public’s perception of you and your sense of responsibility. It may take quite some time to build up a sense of trust with your community again.
Your professional license could be at risk
Any criminal conviction, including a simple DUI, can be grounds for suspension or revocation of your professional license. Anyone with a medical or construction license threatens their profession when driving under the influence, and lawyers may risk disbarment. Repeat offenders are much more likely to see such severe consequences come to fruition.
If you receive a DUI charge, the best way to protect your career and your reputation is to build a strong legal defense. Having a solid case in court can help you reduce charges and lessen the impact on your professional way of life.