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Can a DUI Conviction Affect My Professional Reputation?

Coast Guard

Can a DUI conviction affect my professional reputation? Two senior ranking San Francisco Coast Guard officers are facing driving under the influence of alcohol charges (DUI). The first officer, Chief Petty Officer Warren Weatherford, is in charge of managing a navigation team responsible for ensuring the safe travel of every commercial ship passing through the Bay Area. This includes such duties as preventing vessels from crashing into the Bay Bridge. Police in Brentwood, California stopped Weatherford in August on suspicion of DUI. According to the police report, Weatherford admitted to police he had been drinking. Police performed a breath-based chemical test on Weatherford. His reported blood alcohol content (BAC) was 0.14 percent, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent. Weatherford was not suspended from duty following his arrest, but he faces DUI charges.

The second officer, Chief Petty Officer Michael Padgett, performs such duties as organizing search, rescue, and law enforcement efforts on the water, and serving as dispatch for aircraft and sea vessels in the Bay. Padgett was driving to work in full uniform when an officer from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) pulled him over for a traffic stop. The officer reported that Padgett slurred his words, his eyes were watery and red, and he smelled strongly of alcohol. A breath test confirmed Padgett’s BAC at 0.18 percent, more than two times the legal limit to drive. The Coast Guard temporarily suspended Padgett from his position, likely due to the fact that he was on his way to work at the time of his arrest. Padgett also faces DUI charges.

DUI Convictions can affect your professional reputation

Despite their positions as officers tasked with maintaining crew safety on numerous watercrafts in the Bay, neither Officer Weatherford not Officer Padgett suffered serious repercussions for their illegal behavior. However, most people arrested for DUI are not nearly so fortunate. DUI charges and convictions can seriously and negatively affect a person’s current employment status, as well as their future employment opportunities.

After a DUI, an offender’s driving privileges are frequently suspended or revoked. Others may be required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. This can cause someone to lose a job that involves driving or operating certain machinery as one of their duties. Additionally, a person convicted of DUI will likely not get hired for job requiring a clean driving record or valid license. Such consequences can be long-lasting.

Contact an Experienced DUI Attorney in Santa Rosa for Assistance

At Beck Law, P.C., our highly experienced attorneys are dedicated to helping people defend DUI charges in the Santa Rosa, California area. If you were arrested for DUI, please contact our office as soon as possible.

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