A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) can change your life
in many ways. This is because the consequences of a
DUI, like any other criminal conviction, extend beyond the fines, probation,
AA classes, DUI School, and a suspended driver’s license.
If you were arrested for drunk or
drugged driving, your ability to obtain or keep a job may be compromised, especially
if you drive for a living, or work in an occupation where you’re
under public scrutiny.
Employers are often conscious about
who they hire. They don’t want to hire anyone who is bad for business,
an insurance risk, or someone whose behavior or conduct may fall under
question. It’s just a risk that many employers choose not to take.
With the above in mind, California law allows prospective employers to
see a job applicant’s driving record, criminal record, vehicle registration,
and much more. In fact, most of this information is public record. Very
few pieces of information are not available to possible employers.
Will a DUI prevent me from getting a job?
The answer to this question is, "It’s possible." A DUI
could end your career if you are a commercial driver. The employer
has the freedom to decide if your DUI conviction will keep you from getting a particular job.
In other words, it’s discretional. Often, a prospective employer
will see a criminal conviction, even if it’s for a simple first-time
DUI and they’ll say, “Thanks for applying, but no thanks.”
Depending on your situation, you may have difficulty getting a job as a
teacher too. Although one offense may not end your career, past infractions
could keep you from landing that dream teaching job because schools are
afraid of how your DUI will make them look to concerned parents.
Will I lose my teaching credential after a DUI?
In California, state law holds teachers accountable for personal decisions, even if the decision does not directly affect their job. An off-campus
DUI that takes place over the weekend may cause the Commission on Teacher
Credentialing to revoke your teaching credential.
Contrary to popular misconception, a DUI is
not a minor traffic offense. It is a serious crime with serious penalties.
can end a teaching career:
- Sex Crimes
- Drug Crimes
- Violent Crimes
Employers do not have access to
all of your records. You are not obligated to share you educational record with anyone. Third
parties can only obtain your military record under special circumstances.
In California, employers cannot access your medical records either.
Since your driving record and your criminal record are available to the
public, a DUI could change the course of your career, especially if you’re
in the medical field, education, commercial transportation, or you want
to obtain a professional license.
Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry to protect your freedom, job, and
future from the consequences of a DUI.
Meet with Orange County’s DUI Queen for free!