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Windows 11 DUI: Keeping Your Tech Job After a DUI Arrest

Microsoft; the crème de la crème of tech companies. THE place to work if you’re planning to get a job in the tech industry, especially if you’re in Washington, as that is where the Microsoft Redmond campus is located, which is the company’s official HQ.

A Dream Come True

Following years of school, networking, and interning, you finally landed your dream job. You interviewed with Microsoft, and they offered you the position you’ve been working so hard to achieve.

Within a few months, you’ve been given special clearances and have access to unreleased technology. You’re really starting to like it here, and you think to yourself, “Nothing can stop me now!”

Life Update Installed: Pending Restart

Unfortunately, just a few months later, you decide to drive home following your promotion celebration, and you’re arrested for driving under the influence.

You begin thinking that your life is over because of a single mistake. That everything you worked so hard for has been thrown out the window. That you will be fired and have to work a minimum wage job forever, what can I do to protect my future? Is there ANYTHING I can do?

If you’re a Microsoft employee and the situation above sounds all too familiar, you’re not alone. While a DUI arrest could result in losing your driver’s license, having to pay hefty fines, and possibly losing your job, there are things that you can do to protect your future.

Do I Have to Tell Microsoft About My DUI?

While it’s not always a requirement to inform your boss of your DUI arrest, some employers have policies that require you to inform them of any criminal arrests or convictions.

If your position requires that you report your crimes (and if you’re not sure, check your HR manual), it’s generally a good idea to inform your boss yourself. While this might seem frightening, if you need it, we’d be happy to help you write a letter to your employer explaining the situation.

It’s not uncommon for employers to do post-hire background checks, and it’s much better for your boss to learn of your arrest from you than it is for them to find out about it from a background check.

Loss of Clearance

Microsoft remains at the forefront of technological innovation, and because of this, they give their employees special security clearance to help prevent their valuable information from spreading.

Unfortunately, a DUI arrest could be seen as a sign of substance abuse or reckless behavior, which could lead to the loss of your security clearance.

A Washington Defense Team You Can Trust

Individuals working in the tech industry often face additional penalties following a DUI arrest due to the sensitive nature of the job. Fortunately, if you act quickly, there are things that can be done to protect your future following a DUI arrest.

At DUI Heroes, we understand that you likely have questions about your situation, and we’re more than happy to answer those for you today! With countless years of experience, the DUI Hero team is here to help.

Give us a call (425) 296-9358 to learn more about how we can help you move forward from your mistakes.

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