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Drunk driving conviction can affect employment

The holiday season is full of parties. If you choose to drink during the festivities, be sure that you have a way to get home that doesn't involve you driving. If you do drive drunk, there is a good chance that you will face drunk driving charges, which come with long-lasting effects on your life if you are convicted.

One area that can be affected by a drunk driving conviction is your employment. Convictions for drunk driving show up on routine pre-employment background checks, as well as on your driving record. If you are convicted of drunk driving, you likely will have difficulty getting or keeping a job that requires you to drive.

When it comes to the background check, employers can only consider the conviction if it directly impacts the job you are applying for. For example, it might not affect you being able to get a job as a server at a restaurant, but you probably couldn't get a job as a delivery driver.

It is sometimes possible that an employer would consider such a conviction as a character flaw. This is something that could prevent you from being hired, or could lead to you being fired. In some cases, a DUI conviction could bar you from running for public office or holding numerous types of professional licenses.

If you are facing drunk driving charges, be sure to carefully consider the impacts of a conviction as you work on a defense. The options that you and your criminal defense attorney choose as you assemble your defense to the prosecution's evidence and allegations depend on the specific circumstances surrounding your arrest.

Source: FindLaw, "DUI and Employment Background Checks," accessed Nov. 24, 2016

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