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DUI: The Criminal Stigma

On Aug. 20, 2014, The Council of State Governments referred to a study conducted by researchers from Arizona State University. The three-year study took a look at people with criminal records and how having a criminal history impacted employment. The results of the study were published in Criminal Stigma, Race, Gender, and Employment: An Expanded Assessment of Consequences of Imprisonment for Employment.

Here are some of the key findings from the study:

  • White men were more likely to receive a positive response from an employer, such as a call back for a job interview than black and Hispanic men.
  • A man with a criminal record was less likely to receive a positive response from an employer than a woman with a criminal record.
  • Generally, white men with a criminal record were more likely to receive a positive response from a potential employer than black men with no criminal history.

Among stigmatized job applicants, such as those with short and part-time work histories, the study found that “applicants with criminal histories were the least likely to be hired.” Interestingly, the study found that employers tended to associate applicants with criminal records with negative habits, such as drug and alcohol use, absenteeism, tardiness, and having poor relationships with the people they work for.

Are You Facing DUI Charges?

If you’re facing driving under the influence (DUI) charges in Orange County, it’s important that you understand that a DUI conviction means a criminal record. Not only do employers shy away from people with criminal records (of any sort), a DUI can mean the denial or cancellation of various types of professional licenses. Clearly, it’s definitely worth fighting your DUI charges because your future depends on the outcome of your case!

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