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How a drunk driving conviction could impact your employment

Getting arrested for drunk driving is scary. But one consequence few people think about at the time is how DUI charges could impact their career. This includes how such charges could affect their current job or future employment offers.

For better and worse, we are now in the age of instantly available information. Unfortunately, this means that in addition to doing criminal background checks, employers can Google a person’s name to see if any suspicious search results pop up. A drunk-driving arrest is often publicly reported, and will likely be visible in a Google search even if it never ended in conviction.

Sadly, a DUI conviction can affect your job or your ability to get a job even if the work has nothing to do with driving. There are only fourteen states with laws requiring that potential employers prove that an individual’s conviction is relevant to the job in order to deny them employment. West Virginia is not one of them.

If you have been arrested for drunk driving and the arrest was made public, you may not be able to prevent employers from finding the arrest record online. However, it is crucial to do all you can to make sure your DUI arrest does not turn into a DUI conviction, as this could have even more serious consequences for your career and your life in general. For these and many other reasons, you should seek the help of a criminal defense attorney with experience and expertise in defending against DUI charges.

Source: FindLaw, “DUI and Employment Background Checks”