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How can a DUI arrest or conviction affect future job searches?

Finding work is often difficult even under the best circumstances. When individuals have questionable aspects of their past or a conviction for a crime following them, they may worry that their chances of obtaining gainful employment are even slimmer. Unfortunately, a conviction for DUI could have an effect on jobs you seek in the future.

Fortunately, the court has not yet convicted you of the charge. A police officer may have pulled you over after suspecting you of drunk driving, and the traffic stop may have ended with your arrest. However, that does not mean that you are guilty. You undoubtedly want to defend against the allegations as best as possible, and understanding how your future careers could be affected by a conviction may give you even more incentive to combat the charges.

Job seeking and DUI

In many cases, an arrest for DUI will not have a major impact on whether you obtain employment. Commonly, prospective employers can seek information about criminal convictions, but not necessarily just arrests. So, though you understandably worry about how the arrest itself could affect your future, it may help to know that it alone will likely not negatively influence the average employer.

Still, it is important to keep in mind that some jobs have a more sensitive nature than others, and some employers may delve more deeply into your criminal record than others. Additionally, some employers may not feel that a DUI arrest or conviction affects your ability to perform certain duties, but if a job requires driving a company vehicle or working around children, a DUI could prevent you from obtaining a position in that line of work.

Is a conviction a dead end?

If the court does convict you, you do not have to feel as if you will never be able to get a job. If a prospective employer asks you about your criminal record, you could take it as an opportunity to explain past mistakes while also highlighting the steps you are taking to make positive changes in your life and build good character.

Of course, you certainly want to avoid a DUI conviction if at all possible. As a result, you may want to go over your available defense options with an experienced Wisconsin attorney. The need to maintain your job or obtain a new job may be a motivating factor in working toward the best outcome for your case.

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