Employers and college administrations are allowed to ask if you have ever been convicted of a crime on their applications, and they can run criminal background checks before hiring or admitting you. Under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) criminal convictions (including DUIs) may be reported indefinitely, potentially affecting your ability to earn a living or continue your education after a DUI.
A DUI Conviction Could Affect Your Job Prospects or College Education
In most cases, you must only disclose to potential employers or colleges whether you were convicted of a crime. This is why it is vital to involve an experienced Cincinnati DUI lawyer who will fight to have the charges against you dropped, or secure "not guilty" verdict. In Ohio, DUI/OVI's cannot be expunged. As such, it is imperative to contact an experienced and skilled DUI/OVI lawyer.
The impact a DUI conviction may have on your future will depend on:
- The policies of the school/employer. Highly-competitive academic institutions (such as law or medical schools) may simply reject an applicant because of a DUI, while employers that are willing to consider an applicant with a DUI record may still give preference to applicants with no criminal record.
- The severity of the incident. Universities and employers may consider all of the details surrounding your DUI record, such as whether you had an extremely high blood alcohol concentration, if the incident caused injury or death, or if you have been convicted of multiple DUIs.
- The nature of the job. Many government jobs require a background check, especially those that require security clearance. State laws may require background checks for certain types of jobs, such as employees who work with children or the elderly.
Are you or someone you know facing DUI / OVI charges?
If you are facing DUI charges, you need to speak with an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Steven R. Adams is recognized by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, National Trial Lawyers Top 100, and is one of U.S. News' Best Law Firms. Please contact us online or call our Cincinnati office directly at 513-929-9333 to schedule your free consultation.