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A DUI conviction might prevent you from finding employment

With last week's news that Minnesota is toughening up DUI laws, some people might be concerned about the implications of that change. One way that it might affect some people is if they have to go through a background check before being hired or once they are hired.

People who have criminal arrests should understand that the arrest can remain on the background report for up to 7 years. When an arrest ends in a conviction, the conviction can remain on the background report forever. That means that if you are convicted of drunk driving, that information can remain on a background check for the rest of your life. That information would be available when an employer does a background check on you.

Another important point for anyone in Minnesota to know is that in this state, it isn't legal for employers to refuse to employ someone who has a criminal conviction unless the employer can show that the conviction is relevant to the job. This means that if you apply for a job that requires you to drive, the employer might choose to say that a DUI conviction is relevant since you have to drive as part of the job.

It is vital for anyone who is facing a DUI charge to fully understand all the aspects of life that can be affected by a conviction. This can include employment opportunities, freedom and driving privileges, among others. Once you learn about how a conviction might affect your life, you can work to understand the choices you have for offering a defense.

Source: FindLaw, "DUI and Employment Background Checks," accessed July 02, 2015

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