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How to combat a DUI on your background check

Have you been arrested for drunk driving in New Jersey? If so, you understandably have many questions about what is to come. If you have already been convicted of a drunk driving offense, your questions may not be completely eliminated. This is because the impact of a DUI conviction can last for a long time.

Most employers now routinely perform background checks before finalizing a new hire decision. Despite the myth that a DUI is only a traffic offense, you can expect your conviction to show up on any background check. This is because drunk driving is a criminal offense as well as a vehicular one. So, what should you do to maximize your chances of getting a new job if you have a DUI on your record?

PBS recommends that you start by being open and honest with your potential new employer. It is better for someone to hear about your DUI from you than from a background check report. You can add context to the situation that the report will not add and you can also explain what you learned from the situation. This can give the company confidence that alcohol will not impact your job performance.

The other best thing to do is to arm yourself with really strong professional referrals. Get people to vouch for your character as well as your work knowledge and performance. Referrals can wield a lot of power in the recruiting process. If you would like to learn more about how to address a criminal conviction for impaired driving on a job background check, please visit the drunk driving page of our New Jersey criminal defense website.

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