If you’re charged with a DUI in Florida, the first thing you need to do is hire an experienced DUI Defense attorney. Once you’ve retained a defense lawyer, you may wonder about who you should tell. Feelings of embarrassment and reluctance are quite common. Recently we wrote a post about coping with a stress of a DUI and this post is a follow up guide on how to get through other things you might face when charged with a DUI.
Notifying Your Employer
- The best thing you can do is to stop and think about the things that are important to you. Who needs to know about your DUI and who doesn’t?
- Next, consider whether pending DUI charges will impact your job.
If driving is not a part of your job duties, you may want to strongly consider keeping your DUI to yourself. It is a personal affair and it’s nobody’s business but yours.
If driving is a key function of your job, you may need to consider informing your employer of your DUI. Consider being completely honest and upfront about your pending DUI charges. If your employer can adjust your duties to work around driving restrictions, suggest this and explore the options.
If driving is a critical or primary function of your job, you should still inform your employer. The potential repercussions of being honest and upfront are likely to be much less severe in being honest in comparison to being caught driving under restriction or investigated for an accident with an active DUI that your employer was not made aware of.
Ultimately, the decision is up to you. You need to carefully weigh out the risks and consequences of your specific set of circumstances.
Telling Friends and Family
- If you’re feeling any anxiety, reluctance, or concern, wait to tell your family and friends about your DUI.
- Think about the people who will understand and those who have been there for you.
This is not something you should broadcast on your Facebook page. If you need to talk, chances are that your friends or family will be there to listen. Take your time and wait until you have the facts from your lawyer. Once you feel ready, approach your friends or family with all of the information. Their first concern is likely to be your well-being- and they’ll want to know that you’re going to be alright.
Ultimately, who you decide to discuss your DUI charges with is your decision, and you’re under no obligation to discuss your personal matters with anyone. It’s crucial that you find the balance between being private and being forthcoming that feels most comfortable for you.
Fine bloom and Haenel – Florida DUI Defense Attorneys Treating Clients with Compassion
At Finebloom and Haenel, our DUI attorneys understand that a DUI is a serious matter with an extensive emotional impact. We treat each and every client with respect and sensitivity. Our attorneys believe in restoring a sense of dignity within our clients and we’re here to get you through your case. If you’ve been charged with DUI in the state of Florida, call Finebloom and Haenel for a free evaluation of your case today! 1-800-FIGHT-IT