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Drunk driving arrests and convictions can impact employment

A drunk driving conviction can change just about every aspect of your life. What you might not realize is that even a DUI arrest has the potential of changing your life. This is because DUI arrests and convictions can show up on employment background checks.

Many employers these days rely on background checks to help them vet candidates for positions. It is important to note that a drunk driving arrest or conviction won't necessarily prevent you from every job that requires a criminal background check. Instead, the employer must be able to show that your arrest or conviction will have a direct impact on your ability to do the job at hand.

Consider this -- if you are applying for a job as a delivery driver or a truck driver, you need to be able to hold the correct license for the job. It is possible that you wouldn't be able to get a commercial driver's license if you have a DUI conviction. That means that an employer who is hiring for a position that requires a valid commercial driver's license might not hire you based on the DUI conviction.

Even if you have a DUI arrest or conviction, it is often still possible for you to find employment. It is important for you to realize that a conviction would hold more weight than an arrest, so you should fight to prove that you aren't guilty if that is factual in your case. Developing a strong defense strategy and taking adequate time to prepare can help to prove that point.

Source: FindLaw, "DUI and Employment Background Checks," accessed March 11, 2016

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