Your job involves a bit of driving, and you just got yourself arrested for DUI.  You hope to win your case, but you wonder if your boss needs to know what happened.

There is no one-size-fits-all answer, but the decision to tell may hinge on the following factors:  Do you need to drive to do your job?  Would you have a different way to get to work if your license was suspended?  Does your job require you to report any arrests?  Will it be difficult to appear in court, especially if there are more than three or four court dates?

If you are an office worker who takes the train or telecommutes with flexible hours and your employee manual says nothing about reporting arrests, then you may be able to keep the DUI to yourself.  However, if your job requires driving, you may need to alert your boss.  Bear in mind that the Secretary of State may automatically suspend your driver’s license for at least six months and that driving on a suspended license is a separate offense.

Also note that DUI arrests can go online very quickly because there are sites that post police mugshots.  If the boss is likely to find out, the lesser of two evils may be owning up to your arrest.

If you have been charged with a DUI or related offense, contact an experienced attorney immediately.  An attorney can review your case for its best possible defense.  As with most crimes, the state must prove all the elements of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt.  Even if the state’s evidence is airtight, an attorney who is respected in the courthouse may be able to negotiate a more favorable plea agreement than you could on your own.

If you have questions about this or another related Illinois criminal or traffic matter, please contact Matt Keenan at 847-568-0160 or email

(Besides Skokie, Matt Keenan also serves the communities of Arlington Heights, Chicago, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glenview, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Rolling Meadows, Wilmette and Winnetka.)


About mdkeenan

A criminal and school law attorney with over 17 years of experience, I have successfully represented clients all over the Chicago area. My practice includes DUI, felony, criminal, misdemeanor, homicide, internet crime, retail theft, traffic offenses, cyberstalking, drug crimes, weapons violations, domestic battery and juvenile crime. I also represent families involving school cases. My clients come from all over the Chicago area including Skokie, Wilmette, Niles, Northbrook, Glenview, Evanston, Winnetka, Highland park, Northfield, Park Ridge, Des Plaines and Mount Prospect. I am a member of the ACLU and the Illinois State Bar Association. I serve as a volunteer for First Defense Legal Aid. Se habla espanol.
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