Getting a job after a DUI

College students or other people early in their working lives in South Carolina who have been convicted of drunk driving offenses may face a wide range of consequences that include fines, the use of an ignition interlock device and more. Another concern for many people is how the criminal conviction for driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated may impact their future ability to get a job. 

In today's world, a background check has become all but standard procedure for any job hiring process. According to, it is definitely possible to secure a good job even with a criminal mark on one's record. One factor that employers generally taken into consideration is the nature of the offense and its relation or not to the type of position a person is applying for. For example, if a person is applying for a position in which they must drive a company vehicle, a drunk driving conviction may carry more weight than if the person is applying for a position in which driving on behalf of the company has no part.

Glassdoor recommends that job applicants do not take the risk of letting a potential employer find out about something as a surprise but rather that the applicant be proactive in telling the employer about a past indiscretion. However, this proactivity should not happen too early in the process, simply prior to a background check being initiated.

Conversations about a drunk driving offense should center around what the person has learned from the experience and how they ensure they will never be in that position again.

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