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Getting a Job after a DWI


Even after serving possible jail time and fines for a DWI, you can find it difficult to find a job having a conviction on your record, especially if you have a commercial driver's license or if you are required to drive as a part of your job.

Will a DUI Show Up in a Background Check?

Employers have the right to conduct background checks on current or potential employees which can expose a DUI charge or conviction.

Various forms of information are included in a background check such as:

  • Driving records
  • Vehicle registration
  • Criminal records
  • Court records
  • Character references
  • Neighbor interviews
  • Incarceration records

All states including Texas are subject to the provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) which applies to background checks. Although the FCRA keeps criminal arrests after seven years from being reported, convictions may be reported indefinitely. These reports only apply to jobs which offer yearly salaries of $75,000 or less.

Can Employers Refuse to Hire Me If I Have a Conviction?

Federal statute prohibits employers from barring the hiring of those with convictions unless they can prove a compelling business reason for doing so. Texas, however, does not have requirements obligating employers to prove the relevance of a conviction for a job.

How Should I Explain My DUI Arrest to an Employer?

If employers ask you about a DUI arrest, it is always best to be honest since employers can sometimes overlook a DUI but react harshly to being lied to.

Can a DUI Be Expunged?

Even if you have a DUI conviction on your record, you may be able to expunge your record which would seal your record of an arrest or conviction. This usually amounts to being able to hide a conviction from most people including a background check and with an expungement you would legally be allowed to state that you have never been convicted of a criminal offense.

For skilled legal counsel and help with a DUI or the expungement process, speak with a Dallas criminal defense attorney from Mathur Law Offices, P.C.