When to Disclose a DUI on a Job Application
Applying and interviewing for a new job is always stressful. Potential employers want to know if you have the right qualifications and about your past. You may feel as though a prior DUI doesn’t properly represent who you are now, so it’s understandable to worry about disclosing it on a job application.
Every job application and employer is unique, but it’s important to always be honest when you apply and interview for a new job.
If you are looking to move past a previous DUI conviction or need help with a current charge, it’s best to speak with an experienced DUI attorney. In Pittsburgh, call Worgul, Sarna and Ness at (412) 281-2146 to schedule a free, initial consultation.
Does the Application Ask about DUIs?
Some employers want to know about DUI convictions, and others are curious about DUI arrests too. If you were arrested and your charges are pending, then you don’t have to disclose your DUI if your application is only inquiring about previous convictions.
Do not volunteer information about any DUI incident that is not requested.
How to Explain a DUI on an Application?
If you have to disclose your DUI, be sure to explain how it was a mistake and that you took steps so it won’t be repeated. A potential employer may be willing to look past it, and you can take this opportunity to highlight how you are qualified for the job.
Prevent a DUI Conviction or Remove It
A capable DUI lawyer can work to have your charges dropped and prevent a criminal conviction. However, if you have a previous conviction, Pennsylvania expungement law might allow you to have your conviction expunged.
A previous conviction that is successfully expunged will be sealed and not available to most employers conducting a background search. While an expunged record is not available to individuals, private organizations, or internet search services, an expunged record may still be available to law enforcement or government agencies.
Worgul, Sarna & Ness Can Help You
Disclosing a DUI on a job application can be difficult, but being honest is essential when seeking a new job. Do not volunteer information if it is not required, and explain how you have improved yourself if possible. But the best way to prevent a DUI from getting in your way is to avoid a conviction altogether.
A defense attorney from Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC can help you get your charges reduced or dropped. If you have been arrested for a DUI, it’s important to call an attorney as soon as possible. Contact us at (412) 281-2146 to schedule a case consultation today.