According to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, there are around 19,000 DWI-related crashes each year.
Driving while intoxicated is not only dangerous, but it is a crime with serious consequences, including potential impacts on employment.
Upon receiving a DWI/DUI conviction, there are immediate consequences that may impact employment. These can include suspension of your driver’s license, fines and even imprisonment.
Without a valid driver’s license, certain job positions may become inaccessible to you, especially those that require regular travel or a commercial driver’s license. Just getting to work may be difficult.
Many employers have strict policies regarding criminal convictions, including DWI/DUIs. Some companies may have a zero-tolerance policy for employees with such convictions, particularly if the job involves driving or handling sensitive information.
If you work in a job where you must have a professional license, such as nurses, teachers or real estate agents, a DWI/DUI conviction can ruin your career.
The respective licensing boards may conduct their own investigations and could choose to suspend or revoke your license, which can directly affect your ability to continue working in your chosen field.
Job applications and background checks
When seeking new employment opportunities, it is important to note that many employers conduct background checks. A DWI/DUI conviction will likely appear on these checks, potentially influencing the hiring decision. Some employers may view this as a red flag, especially if the position involves trust, responsibility, or driving.
A DWI/DUI conviction can also have an indirect impact on your professional reputation. News of such convictions can spread through professional networks, affecting your relationships with colleagues, clients or superiors.
Rehabilitation and support
If you find yourself facing a DWI/DUI charge, it is important to take proactive steps towards rehabilitation and support.
Participating in programs like New Jersey’s Intoxicated Driver Resource Center may prove your commitment to overcoming the issue and can help show employers that you are taking your mistake seriously.
While a DWI/DUI conviction can pose challenges to employment, it is not the end of the road. By taking responsible steps, you can navigate this situation and mitigate its impact on your professional life.