After facing an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI), you are likely wondering what the ramifications will be in regard to your job. If you are questioning what you should tell your employer about the situation, consider the advice of the Savannah DUI attorney from our firm.
Keep in mind that just because you are accused of a crime does not mean that you are convicted
You may not have to disclose this information to your employer until and if you are convicted. In some cases, however, being open with your employer about the DUI arrest may avoid having this information being leaked in another way, such as through gossip or seeing your mugshot online.
There are certain circumstances in which you will need to tell your work about the DUI. For example, some contracts and employee manuals dictate instances that the employee must inform the employer about their arrest, whether it is for a DUI or another offense. If you have a contractual obligation to tell your employer about the arrest or that you have been charged, you should do so.
Occupations that involve driving duties will likely require you to report traffic arrests. Some of these jobs include commercial drivers, postal workers, and air traffic controllers. Individuals who hold professional licenses by the state of Georgia will need to report their arrests when they seek to get their license renewed. Some of these professions include nurses, dentists, pharmacists, doctors, and realtors.
Georgia is an Employment At-Will State
Georgia is an Employment At-Will state, which means that an employer can dismiss their employee for any reason and without warning. If you choose to disclose this information, we suggest reminding your employer of what you have brought to the company. Ask your employer to wait until the judicial process is complete before he or she takes action on their part.
Regardless of your decision of whether to tell your employer about the DUI arrest, you will need to ensure that you are legally protected by a Savannah DUI lawyer.