If you are convicted of a DUI, this has the potential of significantly and negatively altering your life and the lives of your loved ones.
DUI convictions tend to be accompanied by the suspension or loss of your driving privileges, a potential jail sentence, an increase in insurance rates and even the loss of your current job, or the prevention of future employment.
Even a DUI charge without a conviction can negatively impact your current employment and future job prospects.
As you may already know, your employer, or potential employer may opt to conduct a background check for various reasons. Yes, background checks can uncover DUI convictions and even charges without convictions. Your employer may terminate you upon the finding of a DUI conviction. Similarly, your potential employer may deny your job application upon such a finding.
Typcically, when you apply for a new job, your job application will ask you if you were ever convicted of a crime. You must check YES if you were convicted of a DUI. Note that if you were charged with a DUI, but never convicted, you do not have to check the box for YES. Note that an employer may deny your job application upon your affirmative answer here.
Suspended Licenses and Employment
Typically, when you are busted for driving under the influence, your license will be suspended, affecting your ability to get to work. This can be a major obstacle in your current or prospective employment. This is especially true if you drive for a living; for instance, if you drive a taxicab or a bus. It is likely that you will be fired or your job application denied.
Seeking an Expungement
Though very difficult, a Virginia DUI charge can be expunged (or cleared) from your record. Again, this is very difficult. Pursuant to the Code of Virginia §19.2-392.2, a person can obtain an expungement of his or her police report if he or she was either acquitted of the crime, if the prosecutors decided to not pursue the case (nolle prosequi), or if the charges were flat out dismissed.
One of the foregoing three must occur before the court will even consider your expungement request. It is important that you retain an experienced Fairfax, Virigina DUI Defense Lawyer to assist with your expungement request.
Take Action: Hire an Experienced Lawyer
If you were charged with a DUI, or even convicted of a DUI, your current employment and future employment opportunities may be in jeopardy. For this reason, it is vital that you hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer with a successful track record with DUI cases. With over 15 years of experience, Eric Clingan is a zealous DUI Lawyer who will thoroughly investigate your case to determine which options will give you the best chance at success. Contact The Nova Law Firm today for a FREE Consultation to discuss your legal needs and learn more about how to pursue the complete dismissal of your charges.