If you were recently arrested and charged with a DUI, you are most likely very concerned about your future. As you may know, a DUI conviction can significantly impact a person both immediately and for years down the road. One of the things you may be wondering is whether a DUI conviction can show up when you apply for a new job in a background check. Please continue reading and reach out to a dedicated Allegheny County DUI lawyer from the Law Office of George Heym for more information. Here are some of the questions you may have:
Does a DUI show up on a background check?
Unfortunately, simply put, the answer is yes, in most cases, a DUI will show up on a background check. If you are convicted of a DUI in Pennsylvania, you are essentially convicted either of a misdemeanor or felony charge (depending on the circumstances of your charge) and misdemeanors and felonies both show up on background checks.
As you can imagine, having to check “yes” when asked if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime can significantly limit your employment opportunities, which is why you should strongly consider hiring an attorney as soon as you face criminal charges of any kind.
Can I have a DUI removed from my record?
Fortunately, in some cases, you can. This is known as expungement. However, you should note that not everyone will qualify for expungement. To have your record expunged, you must prove one of the following:
- You are at least seventy years old and have had no arrests for the past ten years
- You had no arrests for the past five years from the date of your initial conviction
- You were not convicted of a crime in the first place
- You are a first-time DUI offender and you have completed an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program (ARD)
Whether you’re facing current DUI charges or you are hoping to have your record cleared, you can put your confidence in the Law Offices of George Heym to work towards the best outcome possible on your behalf.
Your future is on the line, and we are here to protect it in any way we can. Our firm has fought on behalf of countless individuals just like you for decades, and we’re here to fight for you as well. Give us a call or contact us online so we can get working on your case.