Seeking Employment after a DWI
After being convicted of DWI, you may be worried that the stigmas associated with drinking and driving will affect your educational and professional opportunities in the future. The truth, though, is that alcohol-related driving convictions are quite common. You can go on to be successful in almost any career field even after a conviction. The key is to convey to any potential employer that one stain on a criminal record does not affect your ability to do the job in question.
Keep in Mind When Applying for Jobs
If you were charged with DWI and are worried about the effects this could have on your future employment, keep the following in mind:
- Lots of people have DWIs on their records; you are not alone.
- Employers do have the right to ask you about any previous felonies and misdemeanors, but not about arrests that did not result in a conviction.
- If you lie to your employer about a conviction, you will probably be caught, but there is no reason to volunteer information if you are not asked.
Sell yourself and your abilities, not your remorse. If you know that a background check will be performed, it might be a good idea to bring up the subject of your DWI first, but dwelling on it could draw the interviewer’s attention away from your positive attributes.
Of course, if you are charged with DWI, the best way to avoid any potential effects on your employment opportunities is to do everything you can to fight these charges. An experienced attorney may be able to have the charges against you reduced in severity or eliminated altogether. The San Antonio DWI attorneys at The Law Offices of Chris S. Barnett understand the weight of dealing with a DWI charge, and we want to help. Call us today at 210-587-6464 to learn more about fighting a DWI charge or having a conviction expunged.