Getting a Job After a DUI: Clearing Your Record

Many employers will investigate your driving history, and some will involve it in their hiring decisions.

When you are arrested for DUI, the charges go on your driving record and will stay on it indefinitely. In the future, when you are looking for a new job, this information could affect your ability to secure the employment you seek. Although many websites, for a fee, offer a one size fits all method for clearing your record. Keep in mind that every case is different and a cookie cutter solution might not work for you. If you are unsure about where to begin, always talk to a DUI lawyer.

Which Employers Care About Your Driving Record?

Most employers care about the content of your driving record. However, there are a few types of employers that will make their hiring decision based upon your driving record. These employers include companies that:

  • Require driving as part of the job,
  • Include the use of a company vehicle,
  • Or work with children and adolescents.

Clear Your Record

It is possible to clear your record of a DUI arrest. Every state’s laws are different. Check with your lawyer to determine your state’s procedures and requirements.

  • Your state might expunge DUI arrest charges. Your local DMV will tell you how to get the charges off your record.
  • Take an alcohol or drug education course and provide proof of the course to your DMV and insurance company. They may be able to remove the charge from your record.
  • After 7 to 10 years, some states will clear your record automatically. If you aren’t able to clear your record any other way, making sure you don’t receive any additional charges will allow you to clear your record within that time frame.

Regardless of which method you use to clear your record, make sure you file your paperwork in order and on time. Making a good impression is important.

What Can’t Be Cleared?

Most felony charges cannot be cleared. These include charges for vehicular manslaughter, extensive damage, severe injury, or felony drug charges. Your lawyer will know the extent of charges that cannot be cleared in your state.

Talk To An Expert, Hire A DUI Lawyer

State laws for criminal and driving records vary greatly. Your DUI Lawyer is an expert in these laws. Your lawyer will know which steps to take as you work to clear your driving record. When it comes time to talk to your employer, your lawyer can offer tips and legal mediation, if necessary.

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