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How a DUI conviction can impact your employment status

On Behalf of | Aug 20, 2021 | DUI - Drunk Driving |

If you are convicted of impaired driving in Oklahoma, you could face a variety of penalties such as a fine, license suspension or jail time. However, a DUI conviction could also have an impact on your ability to find steady employment.

Companies are less likely to hire people with criminal records

It’s important to understand that impaired driving is typically considered a criminal offense. Therefore, if you are convicted of the charge, you will have a criminal record. Employers are allowed to ask about your criminal history during the hiring process, and they may specifically ask if you have ever been convicted of a DUI. If the answer to that question is yes, it’s possible that an open position will be given to someone else.

Do you need to drive to do your job properly?

Your chances of getting a job in the trucking industry go down significantly after a DUI conviction. The same may be true of any other position that requires you to drive a motorized vehicle for any length of time. You might even have difficulty finding work that requires you to drive many miles from your home each day. Even if you obtain a hardship license, it will likely contain restrictions as to where you can go or how far you can drive each day.

A DUI conviction can have a significant impact on your ability to work, get an education or maintain strong personal and professional relationships. However, it may be possible to challenge the evidence used to charge you with this crime. If evidence in your case gets suppressed, it may allow you to obtain a favorable outcome in your case.