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Can a DUI Affect Your Employment?

On Behalf of | Jun 15, 2018 | Firm News

In today’s economy, having a good job is priceless, and the market is competitive for new hires. If you are looking for a new job, you’re right to pay attention to your public profile and make yourself as attractive to potential companies as possible. And while cleaning up your social media and brushing up your resume are both great ideas, don’t forget things like your public and criminal record. Things like DUI convictions are visible to prospective employers, and this is often something that may make it harder to find work.

There are many steep consequences for being charged with a DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while impaired), including monetary fines, jail time, loss of driver’s license, mandatory classes and trainings, and more. But these are only some of the repercussions- you may encounter difficulties even years down the line with things like employment, housing, and child custody. When it comes to trying to find a new job, the vast majority of employers will see a DUI conviction as a serious red flag- probably more than any other misdemeanor charge. This is particularly true for any job that involves driving or operating machinery.

Remember that even companies that don’t run official background checks may still be able to view the details of your DUI through a simple search of Georgia public record. This is a definite disadvantage, especially since you are usually not present to defend yourself or give the reasons for your DUI. Many DUI attorneys in Georgia work hard to restrict the record of their clients, but it’s not always possible. However, in this state, employers are required by law to give written reasoning for any adverse employment decision based upon penal history or criminal convictions. This may give you a chance to explain your DUI, especially if you are working with a qualified lawyer.

For those who are already employed, it doesn’t mean that your DUI won’t come at a cost. Many companies run routine driving history checks on their employees, and your conviction will likely be spotted before too long. This is also the case with insurance companies who cover businesses, so even if your employer doesn’t directly see your DUI, their insurer might.

In the end, having a DUI conviction on your record is a significantly negative thing for your employment. If you want to avoid these types of lasting consequences, make sure you work with an experienced DUI lawyer in Greensboro. Reach out to us at the law office of E.J. Boswell to learn more or schedule your free consultation.