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How Does a DUI Affect Future Job Opportunities?

If you’ve recently received a DUI charge, you probably want to know how it can affect your life. Driving while intoxicated is a serious matter that can interfere with all aspects of your life including your work life. Here’s how it can impact your future job opportunities:

You May Fail Background Checks

The biggest and most success-hindering problem you may have with a DUI is that it may prevent you from getting past a background check for a job. Many potential employers run background checks on their employees that go back at least five years. Your DUI is likely to come up, and it may eliminate you from a position.

You May Not Qualify for Driving Jobs

Driving jobs will probably not be easy for you to get with a DUI. Therefore, you may have a hard time becoming a delivery person, taxi driver, truck driver or similar worker. Furthermore, you may be disqualified from a car rental agent position just because you may have to drive the car a little bit.

Potential Employers May Lack Trust

Some employers make their decisions based on the type of crime you did. Others count them all the same. For example, you may have difficulty getting a job as a bank teller or an insurance salesperson if you have a DUI. Even though the DUI has nothing to do with thievery or dishonesty, it can still cause a potential employer to deny you the green light on a job.

You May Be Subject to Excessive Testing

A DUI can cause you trouble even if you do get a job. Your new employer may seem untrusting, or they may subject you to unnecessary testing although you’ve straightened your life up since in the incident. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to prevent such things from happening.

What to Do

All DUI cases are not the same. A DUI lawyer can look at your case and examine your options later on, such as seeking expungement. An attorney may be able to help you with the process of erasing the traces of the DUI if enough time has passed.

That’s just a little bit of information about some of the barriers that a DUI can bring and how you can go about handling them. The best way to deal with it is to avoid ever getting one again.

What's the Difference Between Verification and a Background Check

What’s the Difference Between Verification and a Background Check?

There are two ways that employers check to see if those they’re looking to hire have any past criminal convictions. They do so through background checks. Verification services, on the other hand, are used to ensure the identity and information of an individual are legitimate.

Background Checks

A background check is when an employer or seller compiles information about an individual’s criminal records, financial records, and commercial records. Usually they are used for employment or the purchasing of a weapon, filing taxes, buying a car, etc. Employers use sites such as for a quick screening. But don’t worry, employers must ask for permission before running a background check on an individual when thinking of hiring them, as required by a long list of both national and state laws.

These screenings can show nearly everything; education, credit history, motor and license checks, criminal history, and so on. For the most part, employers only ask for a background check when an individual is seeking a job that requires higher security or a position of trust.

Verification Services

More commonly known as identity verification, these services are provided to authenticate the identity of physical documents, such as driver’s licenses or passports, as well as online documents like credit history, Social Security Numbers, or even W I-9 forms (Employment Eligibility Verification).

Not only are verification services used when an individual is seeking employment, but they’re also used for certain purchases. For example, an authentic ID must be presented to store clerks when purchasing tobacco, alcohol, and even lottery tickets. The most common form of an identification service are scanners at gas stations and liquor stores that are used to make sure that an ID is real. Almost never are Identity Verification Services used to check whether a person has committed a crime or has gone bankrupt.

Wiping the Slate Clean

Now that the differences in background checks and verification services have been established, there’s still the question of how to prevent criminal records from appearing on a background check (remember, IVS don’t show criminal records). Unless you have had your criminal conviction expunged and sealed, there’s almost nothing you can do to prevent a future employer from seeing your conviction.


Simply put, a background check is used to learn a person’s past while IVS are used to confirm a person’s identity.


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