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Will A DUI Affect Employment?

Most job applications will ask people if they’ve been convicted of a DUI crime. Additionally, you’ll probably be subjected to a criminal background check after submitting your application. As a criminal convict, the thought of encountering workplace prejudice is worrisome. Here are several things to consider when looking for a job after a criminal conviction.   

Understand Your Criminal Conviction 

When you’re ready to start looking for work, gather as much information about your DUI conviction(s) as possible first. Reach out to the appropriate authorities to obtain your criminal records and to learn more about your charges and court judgments. 

Some job applications will ask for more details about your criminal background than others, and some companies may even ask you about it during your interview. Having a solid grasp of what your conviction is and how it does or does not impact your ability to do the work required by the employer can go a long way when you are being considered for a position. 

Answer the Application’s Questions With Exactly As Much Information As Is Necessary 

How much information you are required to offer largely depends on the job and position you are applying for. Make sure you go over the instructions on how to answer the questions about your related convictions thoroughly and understand exactly what you need to put down before you provide an answer. 

Ideally, you do not want to offer more information than is absolutely required. Volunteering more information typically won’t help you. Check if the application asks for an entire criminal timeline or if only more serious criminal offenses are necessary to divulge. Then, only write down the exact amount of detail that you have to. 

Highlight Your Qualifications 

Keep in mind that the goal of the application process is to assess your capabilities to do the job, not necessarily to dissect your criminal past. Your history will be evaluated, but should not be the main emphasis. Don’t forget to include your skills and professional experience. 

When to Contact a Brooklyn DWI Defense Lawyer 

Anytime you are in trouble with the law, you should reach out to an experienced criminal defense attorney. A DWI lawyer in Brooklyn can help you better understand how to fill out job applications after a DWI conviction and can offer comprehensive legal assistance in other ways. Call Mark Cossuto today for a case consultation by dialing (718) 852-8047 or toll-free at (800) 609-4545.