Is it illegal to report someone else's DUI/DWI charge to their employer? 24 Answers as of May 22, 2013

If someone were to prove to another person's employer about their DUI/DWI charge by showing them a police report, court documents, etc., could the one doing the squealing be arrested or sued for submitting such information about another person?

Ask a Local Attorney. 100% Anonymous. Free Answers.

Free Case Evaluation by a Local Lawyer: Click here
Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq.
Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
Although it may be rude and no one's business, it is not unlawful.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Replied: 9/7/2012
Law Office of Richard Williams
Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
Most of the records of a DUI conviction are likely a matter of public record and open to anyone who checks on them. Provided that there was in fact a DUI conviction there was no crime involed or suable offense for the person showing this to the employer.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 9/7/2012
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
The charging document is a public record. It is available to anyone. It may be considered mean to point this out to a person that did not look for it. However, it is not illegal or slander to do so.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/7/2012
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
It's a matter of public record. I suspect the employer probably knows.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 9/7/2012
Law Office of Phillip Weiser
Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
No.
Answer Applies to: Kansas
Replied: 5/22/2013
    Attorney at Law
    Attorney at Law | Michael J. Kennedy
    It's a lowdown, scummy thing to do, but it is not against the law.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/7/2012
    Clinton Law Office | Michael Clinton
    No. This stuff is usually public knowledge and often published in the local paper.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/7/2012
    Lee Law Group | Ernest Lee
    No, not if the info reported is true. Be careful.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/7/2012
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
    No, if the information is true, it is not libelous.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 9/7/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    It is not illegal to inform an employer about an employees arrest or conviction. You cannot be sued for telling the truth and it may or may not be the right thing to do, depending on the circumstances. For example, if the person was a school bus driver with a drinking problem it would seem to be the right thing to do. On the other hand, if you are doing it for spiteful or vindictive purposes perhaps it is not the right thing to do. What if he is fired and can't support his children? I believe that we are supposed to help others and do what is best for them.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/7/2012
    Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
    Not arrested unless the person is under 18, but why would you want to do that to someone? There may be civil liability.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/7/2012
    Mary W Craig P.C. | Mary W Craig
    My first question is why you would want to. The truth is an absolute defense to slander, but I can't see any good coming out of this unless the person with the DUI is entrusted with transporting children or some other precious cargo, and the employer needs to know to protect the business. If the employee doesn't drive for the business, then the employer may not need to know, and may resent the person giving him the information.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 9/7/2012
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    No. It is not illegal. I am also not sure what purpose it serves either.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 9/7/2012
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A.
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A. | Donald L. Blaszka, Jr.
    If someone is charged with DUI/DWI in NH, the record of that charge is public record and can be obtained at the court house. The police report is generally not a public record in NH while a criminal case is pending. A person informing that defendant's employer of the arrest would not face any criminal charges since the arrest and charge is public record.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 9/7/2012
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    Not if it is true.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/7/2012
    San Diego DUI Law Center
    San Diego DUI Law Center | Rick Mueller
    NO.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/22/2013
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    No.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/22/2013
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    No, if it is true. Such is part of the public record. The real question is why would one want to bring unnecessary repercussions on another?
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/7/2012
Click to View More Answers:
12 3 4 5 Free Legal QuestionsConnect with a local attorney

Need more information on drunk driving law? Visit our free DUI resource page to learn more.

If you need immediate assistance, fill out a free case evaluation form to connect with a DUI lawyer in your area today!