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How Does A Dui Affect Employment?

How Does a DUI Affect Employment?


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DUI or DWI stands for driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated. This is a misdemeanor in most states for your first offense. All 50 states have enforced a blood alcohol legal limit as .08 percent. Driving under the influence can cost you jobs in the future or the job you already have. You will have to attend alcohol education classes, maybe receive an ignition interlock or have your license suspended. When applying for a job, most employers will do a criminal background check to see if you have any convictions as well. DUI’s will affect a great deal of possibilities with your current job or future jobs.


Alcohol Education Alcohol Education Attending alcohol education classes is required in most states. This affects your employment because the classes are court ordered and you must attend. You will have to make your work schedule around the class times. Explaining this to your boss may require you to disclose you have received a DUI and may disqualify you from your current position in the company. You may want to contact an attorney before you even address your DUI with you current employer. Suspended License After a DUI most states suspend your operators’ license. This can give you trouble getting to work. When you have to depend on someone else for a ride, you might end up late and be fired for tardiness. You will have to ask yourself, how am I going to get to work every day? Sometimes the DUI or DWI will be reported automatically to your employer. If you have a job that you drive for, you might be immediately released from your duties. If you have to possess a license you may no longer have a job. Having a DUI on your record also increases insurance rates and your company may feel the increase just isn’t worth the job you are doing. If you have a CDL or drive for a living you may have to find alternative means of support. Future Potential Employers Potential employers may require a background check. A DUI might disqualify you from a position you may be highly qualified for. When you fill out the application there is usually a section about prior convictions. From the employer’s point of view, your application may be discarded from the beginning if you filled out the conviction section. If it is not disclosed and they require a background check, your DUI will show up and you still may not get the job. Potential employers may go back on their criminal background check or driving records 3, 5, 7, or 10 years. Sometimes the potential employer will pull your full record. Every company and state is different. Expunging Your Record You may be able to get your DUI expunged. Expungement means cleansing of one’s criminal record, or the sealing and destruction of arrest and/or conviction information. There may be hope for your new job. You may want to contact an attorney. This bridges the gap and helps you get gainful employment. Expunging your record will require an attorney. Freight Load Board

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How Does a DUI Affect Employment?