The decision to drive a car while under the influence of alcohol or drugs could have far-reaching consequences. New York state police officers might notice the driver struggling to stay inside a lane and perform a stop and field sobriety test. An arrest and conviction for DWI might follow. The convicted drunk driver may face fines, jail time and possibly suffer career troubles.
Employment troubles and drunk driving convictions
Laws vary from state to state, and New York has anti-discrimination rules that affect persons arrested but not convicted of a crime. However, an arrest might show up in a criminal background check when someone applies for a job. Even though the person was acquitted, an employer may dismiss the person from consideration for employment. The burden could then shift to the applicant to prove hiring discrimination.
With a conviction, things could become more challenging for someone with a DWI record. Unfortunately, would-be employers might have biases that impact their decisions.
Then, there are situations where DWI convictions lead to exclusions from certain jobs. If the punishment involves a license suspension, the accused cannot legally drive. Some jobs require reliable transportation and use their car as part of their work duties. Losing the ability to drive legally could make working such jobs impossible.
If enough time passes and the person avoids further drunk driving-related troubles, the license suspension will end. Unfortunately, the time spent without a license and related employment could hurt career prospects.
Fighting the DWI charges
Not all DWI cases have merit, as improperly conducted field sobriety and breathalyzer tests could cast doubts over the admissibility of evidence. Arrests based on questionable probable cause might lead to charges being dismissed.
Sentencing hearings might focus on reducing potential penalties. If an excessive punishment does not burden someone, the accused may be in a better position to address employment concerns.