How will a DUI on my Driving Record Affect my Job Search?

In Washington, alcohol-related convictions like DUIs are never removed from your driving record, which can create obstacles when you’re searching for a job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when seeking employment with a DUI conviction on your record.

Do I Need to Disclose my DUI?

Many recruiters, human resource professionals, and interviewers appreciate transparency, as they don’t want unpleasant surprises down the road. When you know the employer will be performing a background check, it may be best to put your DUI out in the open right away. Your honesty about having a DUI on your record may improve your chances of securing employment.

However, if your job will not involve driving and the application doesn’t specifically ask if you have any convictions, you may choose to be silent about the DUI on your record.

What Jobs Can’t I Get with a DUI on my Record?

For jobs that require a commercial driver’s license (CDL), it may be impossible for you to be hired. A DUI on your record may not bar you from employment from driving jobs in some situations.

For example, if you are applying to be a pizza delivery driver, the company’s hiring policy will be the deciding factor in whether or not your DUI affects your employability with that company.

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Other Consequences

A DUI on your record can affect your employability in ways that do not relate to your application or how employers view you. Since a DUI may result in the suspension of your license, you’ll have to rely on public transportation or alternative ways to commute.

Tacoma DUI Attorneys Can Help

The Tacoma, Washington DUI attorneys at The Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden understand how a drinking and driving conviction can affect the life you’ve worked hard to build. That’s why we’re here to help you explore your options and obtain the best possible outcome for your situation.

We work hard to negotiate your charges, fight for your driving privileges, and defend your rights in Tacoma, Washington and throughout Pierce County. For more information on how we can advocate for you and your family, contact The Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden at any time.

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