Should you find yourself facing DUI charges in California, your best strategy lies in hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you. The last thing you need is a DUI conviction on your record.

Not only could a DUI conviction land you in jail or prison for a considerable length of time, but it could also make it well nigh impossible for you to obtain employment in the future.

Professional licensing

FindLaw explains that if your goal is to work as a doctor, lawyer, nurse, engineer or any other profession requiring a state license, you likely will have a very difficult time convincing your board to grant you one with a criminal conviction on your record. If it refuses to grant you a license, this stops your career cold before it even begins.

Likewise, if you wish to become an over-the-road trucker, a DUI conviction will preclude your getting a CDL license for years to come. If you already have one, a DUI conviction likely will result in your losing it.

Background check

Even if the job you want requires no special license, any employer to which you apply for a job will undoubtedly run a background check on you before offering to hire you. Here again, a DUI or other criminal conviction can severely hurt your chances of getting the job. Why? Because the following will show up on the background check for each conviction you receive:

  • The records from the court(s) in which you received your conviction(s)
  • The records of your incarceration from the jail(s) or prison(s) where the court(s) sent you after convicting you
  • Your driving record from the state(s) where your conviction(s) occurred
  • Your driving record from any state in which your driver’s license became revoked or suspended due to your conviction(s)

Employer reaction

As you might expect, a criminal conviction, DUI or otherwise, stands out on your record as a glaring red flag to potential employers. Some may view you as a person of poor character. Others may view you as a troublemaker. In any event, you can pretty well resign yourself to not getting the job if anyone else applies who possesses equal qualifications but has no criminal conviction on his or her record.

This is general educational information and not intended to provide legal advice.