If you are currently facing
driving under the influence (DUI) charges in the Greater Phoenix Area, you will likely have a lot
of questions. For example, “Will a DUI conviction show up on background
checks run by potential employers?”
We decided to address this question because it comes up frequently. In
a word – yes. If you are convicted of DUI in Arizona, you can anticipate
your DUI coming up when employers run a background check on you.
DUI is a crime and whether it’s a misdemeanor or a
felony, it goes on the DUI defendant’s criminal record where like all other
crimes, it remains indefinitely. This is important to note because your
livelihood is important, especially if you have a family depending on
you or plan to have one in the future. So, please be aware that if you
are convicted of DUI, it’s going to be an issue for years to come
as you apply for jobs.
DUI and Your Career
While nobody wants a criminal conviction, a DUI won’t necessarily
ruin your career. It all depends on the field that you work in, or that
you intend to work in. Some occupations, especially those that involve
driving a commercial vehicle, transporting passengers, children, law enforcement,
real estate, and medicine are notorious for frowning heavily upon DUI.
If you’re a commercial driver, or if you work in childcare or in
the medical field, a DUI can and probably will be detrimental to your
career. In contrast, if you work in another field and you have a great
relationship with your employer and you don’t intend to leave the
company in the near future, hopefully a DUI will not impact your job too much.
Filling Out Job Applications
When you fill out job applications in the future, they may ask you disclose
any arrests, misdemeanor, or felony convictions. It’s important
to read the print very carefully and to be open and honest about any arrests
or convictions. If the application asks you about felony convictions only,
and you were convicted of a misdemeanor DUI, you are under
no obligation to disclose the misdemeanor conviction.
However, if the interviewer asks you if you’ve ever been arrested
or convicted of any crime, again, honesty is the best policy. If you’re
facing DUI charges in Maricopa County, the best way to avoid having to
disclose a DUI conviction on job applications is to beat the charge in
the first place.
To get started on your defense,
contact our firm 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a
free case evaluation with a Phoenix DUI attorney!