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Will a Phoenix DUI Show Up on Background Checks?

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!