Can you get the job you want with DUI on your record?

If you are a college student, you have probably been planning for a certain career after graduation. If you have a drunk driving conviction on your record, your plan may no longer be workable.

A DUI/DWI will affect more than your career ambitions, however. Your entire future is at stake.

Job search issues

Many businesses and nonprofit organizations perform background checks on potential employees as a matter of course these days. Not all will turn you away when they see that you have a drunk driving conviction, but many will pass you by in favor of a candidate with a clean driving record.

Certification problems

Many occupations require either state licensing or certification. These include the teaching, legal and medical professions. A DUI/DWI mark on your record may prohibit you from acquiring the necessary professional licensing or certification for the dream job you had in mind.

Auto insurance woes

When police arrest you suspicion of drunk driving, the state may suspend your driver’s license. To get it back, you will have to show proof of auto insurance. The problem here is that your insurance company may see you as a high-risk driver, cancel your current policy, and charge two or three times your present rate to establish a new policy. Furthermore, you may have to pay the inflated rate for years to come.

A felony and your future

Perhaps you are a repeat DUI offender charged with property damage, child endangerment or bodily injury. If so, this will elevate your misdemeanor to a felony, and that mark will remain on your record permanently. In addition, you may lose certain personal liberties. For example, you will not be able to vote, obtain a passport or purchase a firearm. In addition, you may not qualify for government assistance, such as federal housing.

Missouri laws

In the state of Missouri, you will lose your driving privileges if you are under the age of 21 and convicted of DUI/DWI. No matter what age you are, you will face several penalties, such as costly fines and the possibility of jail time. In addition to all that, you may jeopardize your chance for a good job and a great future, a heavy price to pay for drinking and driving.


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