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Can your career path change because of a DUI?

On Behalf of | Sep 1, 2022 | Criminal Defense, DUI

Many people mistakenly take their first DUI charge as a non-issue. They think that since they have a previously clean record, it will hold out even now.

Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Sometimes, even one DUI conviction can end up radically altering a person’s life path.

Jobs that do not hire DUI convicts

The College Investor discusses the impact of DUI convictions on a person’s life. Though anyone can face dire consequences, those in the middle of switching career paths may have some particularly unpleasant surprises ahead.

For one, not every field will actively hire people with a DUI on record. Some fields will even intentionally avoid anyone with even one DUI related crime. Such jobs typically include:

  • Anything that has to do with children, such as daycare or teaching positions
  • Government positions of essentially all manner
  • Any job that requires a commercial driver’s license (CDL)
  • Any job that requires excessive use of a car, such as a delivery driver

Of course, if these fields of work become inaccessible, it renders any potential schooling directed toward this matter temporarily useless.

Steps after DUI conviction

It is possible in the future to apply for these positions. However, a DUI can stay on record for up to 10 years. In some states, any DUI conviction stays on record for a person’s entire life.

There are steps that someone can take if they end up convicted of a DUI crime, such as making moves to expunge their record. However, it is best to simply take the DUI charge seriously from the start and face the court case as one that cannot be lost.