After a DUI: Employment Background Checks

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 conviction 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. Convictions that can end a teaching career:

  • DUIs
  • Sex Crimes
  • Drug Crimes
  • Violent Crimes
  • Felonies

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!

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