A DUI arrest can affect just about every part of your life. Even if a judge hasn’t heard your case yet and you have been released from jail for the time being, you probably had your driver’s license taken by the police. You’ve still got at least one court appearance ahead of you.
It’s embarrassing and inconvenient, to say the least. On top of everything else, do you have to tell your boss?
When is notification required?
Assuming that you can find a way to get to and from work (without driving on a suspended license) and that you don’t need to drive a company vehicle or any kind of commercial vehicle to do your job, you may not have to – at least yet.
There are some exceptions. For example, if your employment agreement states that you have to report an arrest or your employer has a policy requiring that, then you do. Further, if you have a professional license where the licensing board requires reporting of an arrest, then you at least have to report it to them.
What if you don’t have to notify your employer?
It’s your personal business, so if you’re not required to report it to your employer, you don’t have to. However, that means it’s best not to tell your friends at work either. If anyone else at work knows, the news will likely make it to your boss. Even if they can’t legally fire you, they can find other ways to make things unpleasant for you and potentially terminate you.
Once you seek legal guidance, you’ll have a better idea of how you’ll handle the DUI charge. If you don’t have to deal with a conviction, you’ll have far less to worry about.