Can't Get a Job Because of DUI?

Suppose you were found guilty of driving under the influence (DUI) under Section 23152 of the California Vehicle Code, and employment-wise, it’s become a real hassle. Depending on the kind of work you did before, the DUI could have forced you out of a job. It’s a fact, drug and alcohol-related DUIs can seriously reduce a person’s employment prospects, especially when the person works in the following industries:

  • Driving (delivery driver, mail carrier, bus driver, real estate sales person, truck driver, Uber or Lyft driver),
  • Sales (where they drive a lot),
  • Nursing,
  • Healthcare,
  • Real estate,
  • Early childhood education, and
  • Teaching children between the ages of one month and 19-years-of-age.

In our experience, DUIs definitely affect employment in education, commercial driving, childcare, healthcare, real estate (because driving clients is involved), notary work, and politics. This is because a conviction for drunk or drugged driving is usually frowned upon in these particular industries, but it can affect other types of jobs as well.

Often, it all comes down to the employer’s view on DUIs and criminal records. Some employers simply don’t want to hire criminals, even if they have minor convictions. Another issue is licensing boards: Some professional licensing boards will deny or refuse to renew a professional license if an applicant has a DUI conviction. While this is not absolute in all cases – it is possible.

What Options Do You Have?

If you were convicted of DUI, it will be reported on your criminal record indefinitely – that is if you do nothing. Our advice is to see if you qualify for an expungement under Section 1203.4 of the California Penal Code. If you qualify, your DUI will be dismissed and it will blow the door wide open for future employment opportunities. But, how is this possible?

Once a DUI is expunged, the DUI defendant is no longer obligated to disclose it on job applications, with the exception of teaching credentials and state licenses. So, an expungement makes all the difference in a person’s ability to find good employment.

For more information on expunging a DUI, we suggest checking out, “Does a DUI Stay On My Criminal Record?”

To learn more about DUI defense and expungements in Orange County, contact us for a free case evaluation!

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