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How does a DUI conviction affect your employment?

If you face DUI charges in Massachusetts, you undoubtedly have plenty of reasons why you do not want to be convicted of this crime. What you may not have thought about, however, is the effect of a DUI conviction on your current and future employment prospects.

As FindLaw points out, any type of a conviction on your record, including one for DUI, could negatively impact your employment opportunities for years to come. For instance, if you currently attend college or a professional post-graduate school and require a license to practice your chosen profession, the licensing board tasked with handing out that license may well refuse to give you one if they discover a criminal conviction in your background.

Background checks

No one need tell you that most employers nowadays conduct criminal background checks on prospective employees. Thus, even if the job you want requires no special license to perform, a background check could turn up any or all of the following information about you that may make a potential employer hesitant to hire you:

  • Any incarceration records resulting from a state or federal criminal conviction
  • The court records from any state where you faced criminal charges or received a criminal conviction
  • Your driving record from any state where you received a DUI conviction
  • Your driver’s license revocations and suspensions in any state where you currently live or have ever lived in the past
  • Your Facebook posts, and those of your family members and friends, regarding your DUI or any other conviction

You can pretty well rest assured that your DUI conviction will foreclose the possibility of your getting any job that requires a Commercial Driver’s License. You also can expect that, rightly or wrongly, many employers will consider a DUI or any other criminal conviction you may have on your record to represent a character flaw on your part. They also may view such a conviction as “proof” that you are a trouble maker and someone who they would not want as an employee.

This is general educational information not intended to provide legal advice.

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