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How Does A DUI Affect Employment?

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Being convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in the United States can be detrimental to an individual’s future employment prospects for several reasons. Whether it is referred to as driving while intoxicated (DWI) or operating a vehicle impaired (OVI), a conviction or adjudication of charges related to driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol will be problematic for some people, but it is not an insurmountable situation.

Career Prospects Vs. Job Applications

Whenever the topics of DUI and looking for work cross paths, people tend to bring up big-name examples. There is former President George W., Bush was once arrested for drunk driving at the age of 30. He plead guilty to the charges. Professional basketball Lamar Odom was arrested for DUI in Los Angeles in late August 2012, and for all the speculation made about his potential loss of driving privileges, his career as a forward in the National Basketball Association is not considered to be in danger.

DUI is so prevalently enforced and prosecuted that some legal scholars have called it an industry. In California. hundreds of thousands of DUI arrests have been made over the last few years, and thus there are many people with such convictions on record. Life continues for most of them, particularly for those who are firmly grounded with regard to their careers.

A DUI conviction is more likely to affect those who are in between jobs. Employers are often legally entitled to make inquiries with regard to misdemeanor and felony convictions, but they are rarely allowed to inquire about arrests that did not end up in a judgment of guilt. Employers are free to order background checks from law enforcement agencies and from third-party data brokers to see if applicants have been arrested for DUI offenses.

Job seekers who are honest about their backgrounds should act with confidence when the issue comes up. The idea is to make the interviewer feel at ease with regard to the incident; for example, if a DUI arrest or conviction is the sole item in a background check, an applicant should explain that it was an isolated situation.

Some job applicants have been able to shake off the stigma associated with DUI by turning their careers completely around. After being disappointed or embarrassed during a job search, some people find self-employment to be a more convenient career option. These resolute individuals take matters into their own hands and refused to be singled out.


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