According to a report published by CBS Denver, Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) in the morning hours of July 14th in Los Angeles. This is Lawson’s second DUI this year, as he was arrested in Denver on January 23 for drunk driving. Reports indicate that a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer pulled him over at about 2 a.m. while driving northbound on the 101 Freeway near Alvarado Street. CHP officers stated that Lawson showed several signs of alcohol intoxication and was arrested around 2:30 am.
A DUI conviction can have an impact on your employment status
Allegations of drunk driving can often affect a person’s employment, particularly if he or she is in a position of public trust or in the public eye. Currently, Lawson is attending alcohol rehab in Los Angeles, according to ESPN, but he has already been traded to the Houston Rockets. While it seems that Lawson will continue to play basketball professionally for the time being, a DUI conviction has the potential of having a significant impact on a person’s career.
Many employment contracts include morals clauses
In some cases, a person’s employment contract includes a “morals clause,” which provides that an employee who engages in criminal or unethical conduct will be terminated. Whether a first-time DUI will result in termination depends on a number of factors, but will generally be at the discretion of an employer. These types of contracts are often used in employment situations in which a person is in a position of trust, such as an educator, or in circumstances where an employee represents or is closely associated with a company’s public image.
A DUI defense attorney can often help
In many instances, a DUI arrest may result in job loss even if the arrest does not result in a conviction. While this may not seem fair, there are many reasons that a conviction may not follow an arrest, and employers are required to wait for a conviction to determine that an employee engaged in illegal conduct. Fortunately, in many cases there are ways in which an experienced attorney can control the public message associated with an arrest and prevent employers and the general public from jumping to conclusions. Consequently, anyone accused of a DUI in the Denver area should retain one of our experienced lawyers as soon as possible.
Contact the Tiftickjian Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation with one of our DUI defense lawyers
Individuals who are arrested on suspicion of drunk driving can face a variety of adverse consequences, including job loss and even jail time. For this reason, it is important for anyone facing a Denver drunk driving case to retain legal counsel as soon as possible. The DUI defense attorneys of the Tiftickjian Law Firm are skilled criminal defense lawyers who have decades of combined experience representing individuals accused of drunk or drugged driving. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (303) DUI-5280.