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How does a DWI affect employment opportunities in New Jersey?

On Behalf of | Jan 10, 2024 | DWI Defense |

Driving while intoxicated impairs cognitive and motor functions, increasing the risk of collisions. Intoxication from alcohol and drugs was a leading contributing factor in 210 fatal accidents that killed 228 people in 2021, according to the state of New Jersey.

As a result, DWI offenses are a serious concern in New Jersey, and they often result in punishments that can have lasting legal and personal consequences. A DWI conviction in New Jersey may be detrimental to your current and future job opportunities. Understanding how these charges can affect your professional life if you are facing a DWI case is important.

Impact on current employment

A DWI arrest can cause you to miss work, potentially leading to disciplinary actions that could affect your employment status. Likewise, if your job involves driving, a DWI conviction can make it difficult for you to fulfill your job duties. Employment contracts in New Jersey often have clauses that permit companies to take action against employees with DWIs. Depending on the job and your employer’s policies, your DWI may result in termination or suspension.

Some professions like healthcare, law and real estate require practitioners to maintain professional licenses. Licensing boards view DWI convictions unfavorably and may punish license holders. Additionally, if you do not report a DWI to the licensing board, they may suspend or revoke your license.

Future employment difficulties

Finding new employment is typically more challenging after a DWI conviction. Employers in New Jersey often inquire about past charges during the hiring process. They can also access DWIs on your driving record because they are traffic offenses under New Jersey law. Jobs that require a clean driving record may be inaccessible to people with DWIs.

A DWI remains on your driving record indefinitely in New Jersey, which can affect future employment opportunities long after the conviction. The law treats a DWI as a first offense if ten years have passed since the previous violation. However, some employers still consider older convictions, particularly for positions that involve operating a vehicle.

A DWI conviction in New Jersey has major implications for current and future employment. It is important to be aware of these consequences and take steps to lessen the impact on your career.