Will my work chances get affected by the DUI? 47 Answers as of May 30, 2013

Will my work chances get affected by DUI? Are there employers who will not hire me simply for a DUI charge?

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Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
If you need specific legal advice for your particular circumstances, I encourage you to privately consult with a lawyer. If you are charged with an offense and cannot afford to pay for your own defense, the court may appoint you an attorney payable at the public's expense. You have a right to counsel. It depends on the type of work and your potential employer. Obviously, professional driving won't probably be an option if you have an OUI conviction. Further, you would be required to disclose your conviction to certain regulatory authorities of certain professions. It can complicate matters if you are in the military as well. However, a significant number of professions still allow people to be gainfully employed even with an OUI conviction. Ultimately, it depends on your employer and employment.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/20/2012
The Woods Law Firm
The Woods Law Firm | F.W. Woods Jr.
Yes. If you are convicted of a DUI that can keep you from being employed at most jobs.
Answer Applies to: South Carolina
Replied: 4/23/2012
Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
It depends on the outcome. Once arraigned it will be on your record, but whether the end of the story is Guilty or Not Guilty will likely have a strong impact on your employment options.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
Replied: 4/11/2012
Robert Mortland
Robert Mortland | Law Office of Robert Mortland
Yes, some jobs will not hire you if you have a DUI. For example, if you are a valet- you will likely not be hired or lose your job.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/10/2012
Law Office of Gregory Crain | Gregory Crain
Yes. Any place where you have to drive a company vehicle.
Answer Applies to: Arkansas
Replied: 4/10/2012
    Salladay Law Office | Lance Salladay
    Yes your work could be affected by a DUI, particularly if your work requires you to drive. An employer's insurance rates can be adversely affected if you have a DUI and that could give cause for termination of not being hired.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 4/10/2012
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law | Michael Maltby
    An employer may hold your DUI against you. It depends on their hiring criteria and the type of work. If you are not yet convicted you should speak to an experienced attorney. In most cases you will be glad you did. An attorney may be able to avoid a DUI conviction altogether.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 4/10/2012
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    It depends upon the type of job you are looking for. If it is a job that requires you to drive ie., commercial trucking or delivery person, then there is a strong possibility. Also if you are convicted, you will loose your license for a minimum of 90 days. That in and of it self could impact job prospects. If you are convicted, an employer can ask you in the application process if you have been convicted of a crime. For some employers, that is enough to disqualify an applicant.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 4/10/2012
    The Jordan Law Firm
    The Jordan Law Firm | John Paul Jordan
    Yes, a DUI is a misdemeanor and will show up on your record every time a background check is pulled. Also, you can be denied employment from jobs that require driving or by someone who sees the DUI on your record and thinks you could be a risk as an employee because of your drinking habits.
    Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    Yes, some jobs that require a drivers license can be affected by a DUI conviction.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    LynchLaw
    LynchLaw | Michael Thomas Lynch
    A conviction for DUI is public record. Such a record will have a negative effect on employment prospects. Most employers would naturally select an applicant without a criminal record over someone with a conviction for DUI.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Glass Defense Firm
    Glass Defense Firm | Jason M. Glass
    Unfortunately yes there are. Any government work is likely out of the window. Also, if you would be required to drive as a part of your employment, those employers will take a hard second look because of insurance reasons.
    Answer Applies to: West Virginia
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    Yes, some employees will not hire people with a DUI. It is always best to hire an attorney to help you fight the case.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber | Michael R. Garber
    If you apply for a job that requires driving you might have a tough time, there are lots of jobs that don't require you to drive.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Dungan, Lady, Kirkpatrick & Dungan PLLC | Michael Dungan
    There are certain employers who will be bothered by a DUI conviction, and may base a hiring decision on that.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    LT Pepper Law
    LT Pepper Law | Luke T. Pepper
    Having a criminal record can have an impact on your ability to secure employment especially where driving is a job requirement. In this competitive job market, criminal convictions certainly do not help in securing employment.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Healan Law Offices
    Healan Law Offices | William D. Healan, III
    Yes, there are employers that will not hire you because of a DUI.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Of course. Of course you can fight the criminal charges. When arrested or charged with any crime, the proper questions are, can any evidence obtained in a test, search or confession be used against you, can you be convicted, and what can you do? Raise all appropriate defenses with whatever witnesses, evidence and sympathies are available for legal arguments, for evidence suppression or other motions, or for trial. If you don't know how to represent yourself effectively against an experienced prosecutor intending to convict, then hire an attorney that does, who will try to get a dismissal, diversion program, charge reduction, or other decent outcome through plea bargain, or take it to trial if appropriate. A little free advice: When arrested for DUI, whether alcohol or drugs, then upon release from jail or booking the defendant is given documents that include a notice that you have only ten days to file a request with DMV for a hearing on an appeal of an automatic one year suspension of your license imposed by DMV. That is separate and runs consecutively with any suspension that may be imposed by the court. Contact DMV and do so, timely, then appear at your scheduled DMV appeal hearing and present any supporting evidence and testimony. If you don't know how to do these things effectively, then hire an attorney that does.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Furlong & Drewniak PLLC
    Furlong & Drewniak PLLC | Thaddeus Furlong, Esq.
    Employers are free to NOT hire you for a number of reasons, including a DUI conviction. However nobody plans a DUI, so most employers look at a DUI as an unlucky situation rather than a premeditated act. There is no automatic requirement NOT to hire a DUI personit varies with employer. Sure there are employers who may frown upon it, but there are employers who frown upon people who don't tuck their shirt in. There is no legal rule that prevents hiringit's up to each employer.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    Yes. A DWI can affect your desirability to some employers.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Office of Anthony Sessa
    Law Office of Anthony Sessa | Anthony Sessa
    Yes.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    There are certain types of jobs which will be very difficult, if not impossible, to be considered for should you have a DUI on your record. It will depend on the type of job and what other credentials you have which would overcome the concern. I hope that this was helpful.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    It would only stand to reason that any occupation that requires a person to drive for their employment may cause an employer to have concerns. Additionally a person convicted of DUI may have a problem being insured by an employer's liability insurance carrier. Otherwise, a potential employer may consider a DUI conviction as a reason for not wanting to employ someone, but not solely as grounds for denying employment.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Larry K. Dunn & Associates | Larry K. Dunn
    The employers who will not employ persons convicted of dui usually base the decision on the fact that the person cannot drive for some period of time or more commonly the employers vehicle insurance company will not allow the company to hire dui offenders or the insurance company will raise the employers insurance premiums.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq.
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
    Yes if your job entails driving safely.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    Most employers will not hire a person with a DWI conviction because they are liable for millions if you injure someone in a car accident. Your insurance can get as high as $10,00 a year and you will never be able to get the conviction removed. That's why it is safer and cheaper to call a taxi or Designated Driver, a service that drives you home in your own car for a fee.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Office of Richard Southard
    Law Office of Richard Southard | Richard C Southard
    There are some employers who may not hire you because of a criminal conviction while there are others who wouldnt hold it against you. There is no single rule that applies to all employers.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    Maybe and maybe not. Depends on the job and the job requirements. If you have to drive for the company, they may not want to hire you because of high insurance.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    T.K. Byrne | Timothy K. Byrne
    Two days on jail-1st offense and fine. DUI maiming or manslaughter up to 20 years.
    Answer Applies to: Mississippi
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Raiser & Kenniff, PC
    Raiser & Kenniff, PC | Steve Raiser
    It would negatively impinge on most job applications.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Office of Robert Sisson | Robert Sisson
    With most jobs being considered "employment at will" most employeelrs can hire who they please it certainly might affect ur employment chances.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Gutin and Wolverton
    Gutin and Wolverton | Harley Gutin
    Probably depending on the work. If you need to drive for your job it will seriously effect your job.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    Absolutely, many jobs probably will not hire you, especially in the transportation business, but in many other lines of work, like machine operator, your chances of being hired go in the tank with a DUI conviction. If you are trying for a professionl position, many of the prospective employers in those fields will shy away from a DUI convicted individual. as well. Moral of the story: Don't drink and drive!
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Offices of Phil Hache
    Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
    Some employers may have an issue with a DUI conviction. If you have a DUI conviction, you should look into getting the conviction dismissed/expunged.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    Yes, certainly any driving jobs will be tough to get.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    Yes there are especially ones who might think it could affect your performance and ones where you would have to drive one of their vehicles, since it could affect their insurance rates.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Anderson Law Office
    Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
    Yes, especially if you have a driving job. Other employees are more sympathetic.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Of course there are. DUI is a criminal record, and, needless to say, employers who require employees to have a good driving record and/or a valid license will count DUIs against you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    The Chastaine Law Office
    The Chastaine Law Office | Michael Chastaine
    Normally a first time DUI will not effect employment unless there is something unusual about it - such as kids in the car. But an employer normally has the right to hire or not hire someone for pretty much any reason.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    Of course there are employers that will view you as unreliable or having poor judgement with a DUI conviction. Retain an attorney and fight, at least a little bit.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    The Law Offices of Harold L. Wallin | Harold L. Wallin
    That is likely. However, I like to point out that President Bush and Vice President Cheney had at least three DUIs between them.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 4/9/2012
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