Can a DWI Prevent Me From Getting a Job?

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Can a DWI Ruin My Chances of Employment?

After a DWI/DWI conviction, many of our clients worry about their future. Not only can a drunk driving charge result in fines and penalties, but it can also hurt your chances of securing employment. In today’s world, job security is essential, and having an experienced DWI attorney to fight for your future can make a great difference.

Who Can Access My Criminal Record?

Criminal charges can add up over time and increase the sentences against you upon conviction. Additionally, prosecutors and judges can obtain your un-expunged criminal record and will be able to use this information against you in court. The following professional agencies and public employers can also access your record:

  • Department of Education
  • Human service agencies
  • Criminal justice agencies

Some industries look deeper into DWI charges than others. Jobs that require driving—such as delivery, bus, and truck drivers—could trigger a deeper background search. In addition to making it harder to obtain a job, being convicted of a DWI in Minnesota can also limit your driving privileges, making it hard for you to travel to or for work.

Should I Tell My Employer/Prospective Employer?

Minnesota recently joined a handful of other states who have “ban the box” legislation, which prohibits employers from requiring applicants to disclose any criminal history until they are chosen for an interview or offered an offer without an interview. However, employers can notify candidates that certain criminal offenses will automatically disqualify them from certain jobs.

Additionally, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provides guidance for employers so they can weed out risky applicants without discriminating against them. There is no law that requires an individual to report their DWI to their current employer; however, it may be a good idea to do so. For example, most teachers are subject to a moral code of conduct written into their contract and are required to report criminal charges to their employers.

Can My Record Be Expunged?

It is possible for convicted Minnesota drivers to have their DWI expunged after completing any required sentences, including any court-mandated probation, fines, and jail time. A DWI must qualify as a misdemeanor, a petty misdemeanor, or a gross misdemeanor to be expunged. However, expungements are not definite, making it important to have the help of a DWI attorney to fight your case.

Defending Your Minnesota DWI Case and Protecting Your Future

The punishments for a DWI charge may include incarceration, fines, driver's license suspension, and can impact your chances for employment. If you've been charged, you need the skilled and aggressive defense our St. Paul attorneys at Rogosheske, Rogosheske & Atkins, PLLC can provide. Contact us today to learn more: (651) 413-9004

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