What Kind of Jobs Can I Still Get with a DUI on My Record or Found in My Background Check?

Review How to Get a Job With a DUI On Your Record

Job hunting with a DUI is not as devastating today as it was even just 5 years ago, since there are now more DUI friendly jobs available today under new 2021 laws and changes to many companies DUI employment policy. However, being convicted of a DUI is not only still emotionally difficult, but can also be damaging to your finances and professional life. While some employers will shake it off, others will consider it a serious lack of judgment on your part and depending upon your existing job, a DUI may even result in outright termination.

If you have been terminated because of a DUI or are looking for work and have been arrested for a DUI, you are probably wondering what types of jobs you can get with a DUI on your record. All hope is not lost, and more companies and job industries are still available to those with a DUI record today than most people are generally aware. One such example is to take advantage of applying to companies that participate in The Fair Chance Business Pledge.

The Fair Chance Business Pledge was recently signed by a large number of top American companies. This pledge consists of leading companies and employers who established their commitment to assisting people with a misdemeanor or felony criminal offense on a record such as DUI and DWI offenders, overcome a background record to obtain meaningful employment.

Some of the nation’s best businesses and companies such as Johns Hopkins, Prudential, Starbucks, American Airlines, Facebook, Google, Georgia Pacific, Hershey, Koch, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Uber, Unilever, Xerox, Under Armour, CVS, and several other employers – all follow their pledge to help those with a criminal record find not just a job, but a good career with a real second chance at putting the past behind them for good. (Source: https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/11/fact-sheet-white-house-launches-fair-chance-business-pledge)

Other common examples of employment options and job fields that hire people with a DUI, DWI record:

  • Network Support Specialist
  • Software Engineer
  • Marketing
  • Graphic Designer
  • Architect
  • Receptionist
  • Flight Attendant
  • Electrician
  • HVAC Technician
  • Copier Technician
  • Pipeline Technician
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Carpenter
  • Welding
  • Military
  • Oil Industry
  • Wind Energy Technician
  • Commercial Truck Driver
  • Freelance Writer
  • Insurance Sales
  • Investment Manager
  • Retail
  • Restaurant
  • Home Inspector
  • Owning Your Own Business
DUI Employment - How to Get a Job With DUI Record
People with a DUI, DWI record are more limited in employment options than a person without a criminal record. However, people today that have a DUI in their past, still can get a new job or start a fresh career a lot easier than in previous years. Drivers who still have a recent DUI case pending in court, still have a chance at avoiding any problems with employment in the future by getting free online legal advice now to learn your best defense options before court.

Generally speaking, you are still eligible for most types of employment except for the obvious, positions requiring you to drive as part of the job description. However, just because you are qualified for the job does not mean you will get it, especially when a DUI shows up in your background check. While it may create some difficulties, it can also create a rather unique opportunity for you to show your growth during an interview.

If a DUI is fresh on your record, it may be a bit tougher to explain during an interview. Although, when a DUI, DWI charge is more recent and you are worried about the offense limiting what type of job you can get with the offense on your record, you may have options available to get rid of a DUI record faster than you might realize.

However, for someone that is past their license suspension and that has not had a violation for years, it may be a great opportunity to explain to the interviewer how you have grown, learning from this horrible mistake. This can actually give you an opportunity to “shine” during the interview and impress your potential new boss.

There are some mixed opinions regarding whether or not you should tell the employer about the conviction if the question is not on the job application. While it is not recommended to volunteer the information if the company does not conduct background checks, it would probably behoove you to inform the interviewer if a background check is mandatory. This shows honesty as well as preventing both parties from wasting time if this will indeed be a roadblock to employment.

Something else to consider at this point is your references. While it is always smart to provide your references with a copy of your resume so everyone is on the same page when they are called, you may also want to inform them of the arrest and possible questions that could ensue from your perspective employer. Have them focus on your maturity and work ethic, as this may negate the DUI that is on your record.

When looking for employment with a DUI on your record, you are more than likely already starting out behind the other candidates. Keep this in mind during the interview process and realize that you must instill confidence and overcome the negative impression the interviewer may have about you before you ever walk through the door. Getting a job with an arrest on your record can be difficult, but it surely can be overcome with the right attitude and taking action now to clean up your DUI arrest history online where and when you can.

Review what to expect for a DUI background check today. A DUI, DWI conviction will show up in an pre-employment background check for criminal and driving history of a job applicant. A DUI found in a background search may disqualify an applicant for certain types of jobs. However, in many job interviews today, an employer or company will have ultimate discretion when deciding how relevant or recent the DUI history is for the job position a person is applying to.

How do I explain a DUI on a job application? Every individual’s own DUI, DWI situation is different with unique facts that require case-specific answers regarding how the charge relates to the job position a person is applying for, and how it may pertain to employment law that protects an applicant’s rights.

In many career fields including government and healthcare jobs, a person will face a security clearance denial or license revocation after a DUI, and expert free legal advice will be instructive in how to protect your job in specific career field before future consequences happen. Some employers will judge you not on the facts, but rather on their unspoken assumptions after an arrest. Don’t let it go unchallenged and protect both your rights and career options by getting expert DUI help early on.

Best Legal Help for How to Get a Job After a DUI, Record Clearing Options

The nationwide Law Offices of FightDUICharges attorneys has reduced and cleared criminal offense charges for DUI and test refusal cases with aggressive defense strategies in every state. For a job applicant with a DUI record, many local lawyers also offer legal services that include Expungement and Record Sealing for people who are wanting to apply for jobs and move forward in their lives.

It is important to note that no attorney can guarantee DUI, DWI expungement as an option for every case. However, a free online review of your situation will immediately be able to help people searching jobs for DUI offenders, instantly get connected to a top local DUI lawyer nearby who may be able to provide immediate legal advice on clearing a DUI record. These expert attorneys who specialize in this field of law today, often can also discuss alternate record sealing options when an applicant is having a hard time being able to get a job with a DUI history in their background search.

Job hunters seeking free legal advice to common questions such as how to best explain a DUI on a job application to increase the chances of getting hired, can also contact us for help and proper guidance for these concerns.

Jobs you can get with a DUI, DWI record September 2021 additional resources & references:

http://dui.drivinglaws.org/resources/dui-and-dwi/getting-a-job-after-a-dui-clearing-your-record.htm

https://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/elg/

14 thoughts on “What Kind of Jobs Can I Still Get with a DUI on My Record or Found in My Background Check?”

  1. Life will get better after a while I promise.. I got a dui and lost my cdl and had to start a new career. So I chose electrician and will be doing it for another year and then getting my cdl back and hitting the road ✌️

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  2. I had a dui Over 5 years ago. I no longer drink and I gave up my car. I rely on lyft or Uber to get to work. Am interested in working for a company that can accept your past. I’m looking for entry level position with possibility of improvement and advancement. I am a sr citizen in good health. Looking for part time and moving to full time. I am retired and my employers of 20+ years is no longer in business.

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  3. I have a pending DUI charge with drugs. If I was on meth I sure wouldn’t be passing out, right?! But the cop lied and he’s a corporal, so I know they wont believe me. I have never been in trouble b4. I have no money. I have to apply for public defender and I’m scared I’m gonna lose everything.

    Well, this same cop asked where I worked and I told him. He went to my job and told them, and the next day they sent me for drug test. I was there 5 hours and couldn’t urinate for them, but I offered to come back in next morning first thing. They said my job said no. So I knew I was gonna be fired. Now I’m jobless and since I get help thru section 8 with rent, I’ll be homeless. This DUI charge is total bs like I said. I have a clean record until now, and I have no idea what to do.

    Its 1-5-2020 and my preliminary hearing is the 22nd. I have no money and the public defenders around here could care less. I’m scared and considered doing things I never would have b4. I don’t know what to do and I’m freaking out! The police officer never even read me rights told me I was in trouble or anything! Just seems like the whole thing is unfair and they won’t even care about my side of story! 😭

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    • First things, first. Sounds like we are only hearing a part of the story…the part where this the fault of a “lying cop”.

      Take accountability. You’re in your situation because you put yourself there, through past and present actions. Until you come to grips with that, you’re always going to blame someone else, while repeating your same actions.

      If what you’re saying about the cop is true, this case will be dismissed and you may even have grounds for a civil suit. Regardless of what it costs, get a REAL attorney. Doesn’t matter how you pay for it (Credit cards, bank loan, personal loan, turning tricks, etc). The few cents you save today for a Public Defender, will cost you a lifetime of aggravation.

      Chalk this up as a lesson learned. Don’t do it again. In fact, quit drinking altogether. You’ll be amazed how differently you view life OFF the sauce.

      It’s a mean, cruel and judgmental world that constantly judges what it sees. If you want the world to see you differently, it’s a whole lot easier to change yourself, than it is to change the world.

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    • God bless you God is able to open doors that we can’t. I had 2 OVI’s that I’m not proud of 1 in 2013 and 2014. I made wrong choices. In hindsight of the OVI’S I’m better by God’s grace because I no longer drink take chances. God is forgiving and He has helped me to obtain work at places that I thought wouldn’t hire me. He can help you too. Trust God ( Jesus) ask Him for help. Take care.

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      • I read your reply and it’s awesome. I was recently charged with a dwai which was reduced from a DWI in my personal vehicle as a CDL truck driver.

        I had a domino effect of events that happened sporadically. I lost my license, my CDL was suspended for a year I, lost my employment, and on top of all that because I had no income, I had to downsize my apartment and move with family. The blessing is I have family to move with.

        I only blew a point 13 BAC, but I take full responsibility of my actions. Once again I was in my personal vehicle, now as a US army veteran I’m reaching out to other resources that can help me find work.

        In my job background I have experience in many areas, but most have been in driving the truck for over 12 years. So now I’ve got to find employment and update my resume or find employers that have OJT positions. I receive my license again in March of 2022.

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    • That cop should have never gone to your work and said to your employer that you have been arrested for a d.u i.

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  4. I was driving home at about 5am after a night of hanging out with my girlfriend. I only had 2 drinks & I smoked a small amount of marijuana throughout the night. I’m a regular marijuana smoker so it doesn’t affect me as it would a person who doesn’t smoke often.

    After last call at 2am we went back to her house & I waited hours to drive home specifically for the reason of not wanting to get a DUI. Even though I was nowhere near drunk, I know the police can exaggerate so I wanted to be safe. I was about 5 blocks away from my house when I saw the flashing lights behind me. I pulled over & was very cooperative with the police. I was pulled over for my car not being registered. I was not working at the time & couldn’t afford to pay my registration.

    The officer didn’t ask to see my license or anything, he detected an odor of marijuana coming from my car , only because I smoked in my car whenever I would smoke because I had no other place to do it. He asked me if I had smoked I was honest & I told him I did about 2 hours ago. Right away I was asked to get out of the car to perform a field sobriety test. I was asked to go to the hospital to take a chemical test. I refused. IT WAS 6AM. I was driving home, not bothering anybody. I made no traffic errors. I wasn’t warned of the consequences of refusing the test. I wasn’t read my rights.

    I was taken to jail for about an hour. I submitted to a PBT test while there. My Results were a .05 BAC. Under the legal limit in my state. They treated me like a criminal. I wasn’t allowed to get any of my belongings from my car before it was towed. I wasn’t even told my car was going to be towed.

    The cop who gave me a DUI is notorious for giving people DUIs. I wasn’t even high. I wasn’t impaired at all. I have never been arrested or charged with any other crimes before. I now lost my license for a year, going to be 2 years. Because The SAME COP pulled me over for driving while suspended while I was driving TO WORK.

    I live in a very small town with no buses. There is no work in this town , in order to have a good job you need to drive at least 25 minutes outside of here. I have nobody to give me rides to work. My life is now on hold for 2 years all because a power hungry cop wanted to get another DUI under his belt.

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    • This is what happened to me man. Lost my license for a year and my backround check still says DUI even though all my charges were dismissed for having a BAC of .03. Jobs are not taking me with my current backround check and the state won’t even look into expunging my backround until July this year. Like how am I supposed to pay rent its crazy.

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    • THE SAME EXACT THING HAPPENED TO ME! A power hungry cop arrested me for a DUI when I was fine and not impaired, about TWO MINUTES away from my house. I ended up being in jail for about 11 hours and was treated like a criminal. I missed work in the morning and could not call them because I was in jail and had to call them later on when I was released. Now, I am unable to obtain my real estate license and my life has been placed on hold. I just graduated college with a bachelors degree and am unable to get a job because of a DUI on my background. I’s so wrong what the cops did. Made me hate how police think they can do this to another person.

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