For many, a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) can potentially be an embarrassing time in a person’s life, a moment they want to keep private. Unfortunately, if you have been convicted of drunk driving, you may need to disclose this information at your current job or when you apply for jobs.
Applying For A Job
A common question on job applications is, “Have you have ever been arrested?” If you have ever been convicted of drunk driving, you will need to answer “yes.” Other applications will inquire if you’ve been convicted of a crime, which you will also need to answer “yes” and disclose your misdemeanor or felony conviction.
Be sure you read these forms carefully, as an arrest is separate from conviction. If you were arrested for a DUI (or similar charge such as a DWI, OUI, or OWI), but never convicted of a crime, you can answer “no” when asked if you’ve ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony. You can also answer “no” if you were convicted of a DUI but later had the charge expunged. Keep in mind that most state-issued professional licenses, law enforcement positions, school jobs or public office positions will require you to disclose an expunged conviction.
Remember, you should never lie on a job application. Falsifying a job application could work against you in two ways: First, it provides the employer with grounds for termination. Second, a false statement also puts you as an employee at risk by preventing you from filing any claims against the company if you were to encounter any workplace violations.