If you’re applying for a new job, it’s important to know what’s on your background report. One of the criminal offenses that potential employees are flagged for the most is DUI. If you’re convicted of a DUI, your application may be ruled out in certain industries. However, there are some instances where your employer will use their discretion to determine how relevant your conviction is to your present job duties. Employers are also encouraged to comply with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines when it comes to considering background checks during the hiring process.
Do DUIs always show up on background checks?
It is illegal to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, so if you’re convicted of a DUI, your background check may reflect this depending on the jurisdiction where the incident occurred. Your DUI will also appear on your driving record, so you should be aware of this if your new job involves driving.
DUIs with no conviction
Even if you’re not convicted, a DUI arrest could show up on your background if you have a pending case. Once the court reaches a verdict about your case, this information will appear on your record as well. Some background check companies will report your DUI arrest even if you were not convicted if the filing date is within the past seven years as permitted by state or federal law.
Before you apply for a new position, it’s important to know all the items that are on your record. This will give you the peace of mind of knowing what your potential employer might see.