Often, when people think about drunk drivers they may picture someone who is leaving a bar or getting in the car after drinking too much at home or at a friend or family member’s house. However, there are many different scenarios which involve drunk driving and some occur in the workplace. For example, someone may be pulled over by a law enforcement official and charged with drunk driving while they are operating a company vehicle and performing their job duties. There are a number of things to keep in mind when it comes to work-related DUI charges.
First, workers may drive drunk for a number of reasons. Some may struggle with an addiction to alcohol, or they may be charged due to driving while intoxicated after taking street drugs or prescriptions that they are addicted to. Outside of addiction, someone may accidentally drive drunk after drinking too much alcohol during their lunch break. Regardless of the reasons why people drive drunk at work, the consequences can be very serious. These charges can result in not only the loss of someone’s job but time behind bars and the loss of their driving privileges altogether.
Driving drunk at work can result in massive career setbacks and life challenges as well. It is crucial for an employee who is charged with driving under the influence while they were operating a company vehicle to know exactly which options they have and address the charges appropriately. Our section on criminal defense offers more material for workers in this position to review.