If you live in Florida, you might think that the state’s reputation as a vacation destination might imply that law enforcement is generally less aggressive about enforcing drinking laws. However, DUI charges are actually very common and are nothing to take lightly. Even if it is your first offense, you may face serious fines or other punishments, but if you face DUI charges more than once or if you cause serious property damage or harm to another person in your first DUI accident, these can quickly graduate to felony charges.
Felony charges can drastically affect the kind of job you are allowed to hold in Florida. Surprisingly, many of these professions are not very closely related to drinking and driving at all. It is understandable that a DUI conviction may carry consequences for a taxi driver, but is it really necessary to deny job applicants or licensees in pest control? Yes, pest control.
Should you receive a felony of any kind, you may see your license to practice pest control revoked, or you face great difficulty getting and keeping a join the field. These sorts of frustrating consequences affect car dealers, wrecker drivers, professional surveyors, private investigators and many, many others.
If you face a felony DUI charge, or any kind of DUI at all, you must use every tool you have to fight these charges. A felony conviction may make it difficult or impossible for you to make an honest living after you pay your debt to society. Do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney to discuss your circumstances and identify strong strategies to fight for your rights and livelihood.