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How Will a DUI Affect My Employment in Ohio?

Posted On: June 30th, 2017   |   Posted by: Luftman, Heck & Associates LLP

We all know about the dangers of drinking and driving. Driving while intoxicated can lead to accidents, injuries, and deaths. It can also lead to harsh penalties and lifelong consequences such as a criminal record. A criminal record can affect you in many ways, including employment opportunities.

A DUI conviction can cause you to lose your current job and prevent you from getting hired for certain jobs and with certain companies. This limits your employment opportunities, which can lead to financial difficulties. Hold onto your freedom and stop this from happening by calling our Columbus DUI lawyers at Luftman, Heck & Associates at (614) 500-3836.

DUI and Employer Background Checks

Companies want the best candidates for their jobs and many perform background checks before hiring an employee. While you may have a stellar work history, a DUI on a background check can be a deciding factor in whether or not you get hired. Some types of employment – such as those that involve driving or teaching children – have strict policies when it comes to DUIs.

Whatever you do, don’t lie about having a DUI. This will only damage your character even more. Do not bring it up, but if asked, be honest about what happened and mention positive steps you have taken since the occurrence.

DUI While Employed

If you are currently employed, a DUI could cause you to lose your job. This is especially true if you work as a truck driver. If you are convicted of a DUI while on the job or driving in your own personal vehicle, you will be terminated and not allowed to work as a professional driver for a period of time.

If you work in other professions, your job could still be in jeopardy. Those who work in government jobs or in the education field could be terminated from their positions once convicted of a DUI.

Can a DUI be Expunged in Ohio?

Certain states allow for DUIs to be expunged under certain circumstances and after a certain period of time. Unfortunately, Ohio does not allow expungement for certain crimes, and alcohol-related offenses that occur while driving a motor vehicle fall under this category. Therefore, if you are convicted of a DUI, your record cannot be sealed.

In fact, an Ohio DUI does not ever fall off a criminal record. While in some states it may fall off after seven or 10 years, traffic offenses occurring in Ohio stay on your criminal record forever.

Don’t Let a DUI Conviction Ruin Your Future

A DUI conviction comes with lifelong penalties. It stays on your criminal record for the rest of your life, making it difficult to enjoy the liberties you once had. The only way to get rid of a DUI charge is to have it dismissed.

Preserve your freedom and take advantage of your legal rights by contacting a Columbus DUI lawyer at Luftman, Heck & Associates. An accusation of drinking and driving is not a hopeless situation. We have experience defending people in your situation and can help you get your charges reduced or dropped.

Our extensive knowledge of the law can help you obtain favorable results. Get started today by calling us at (614) 500-3836.

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