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Can a DUI conviction cost you your job?

There is no denying that an Illinois DUI conviction represents a serious threat to your freedom. But have you thought about the fact that it could also represent a serious threat to your ability to earn a living?

It’s true. FindLaw explains that having a DUI conviction on your record could seriously jeopardize your chances of getting the job you want. For instance, if you have spent years going to grad school with the intent of practicing law, medicine, engineering, architecture or in a variety of other professions that require a professional license, a DUI or other conviction could cause the licensing board to refuse to issue you the license you need.

And forget about applying for any job that requires you to have a Commercial Driving License. A DUI conviction will make it impossible for you to obtain a CDL for years to come.

Background checks

Even if your desired job requires neither a professional license nor a CDL, the information that comes to light on a pre-employment background check can be quite damaging if you have a DUI or other conviction on your record. Consider the following:

  • It will reveal the court records pertaining to your conviction.
  • It will reveal your incarceration records if you serve time as a result of your conviction.
  • It will reveal your driving record from the state in which you received your conviction.
  • It will also reveal your driving record from any state that suspended or revoked your driver’s license as a result of your conviction.

Background check fallout

Unfortunately, prospective employers take a dim view of job applicants who have criminal convictions on their record. They may view you as a troublemaker or someone of poor character and judgment. They likely will give the job you want to another applicant with your same qualifications but a clean record.

So before you drink and drive, consider that this decision not only could land you in prison, but could also negatively impact your ability to obtain employment in the future.

This is general educational information and not intended to provide legal advice.