How a DUI or DWI Conviction Can Lead to Long-Term Unemployment in Virginia

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia. In our current economy finding a job to begin with can be challenging. Yet, for individuals with criminal convictions or DUI convictions, finding a job can be nearly impossible. While the Nation reports that it is illegal to reject an applicant based on criminal record alone, many employers use background checks or ask applicants to disclose their criminal history. While some municipalities and companies have done away with “the box” (the checkbox on many applications requiring individuals with felonies or misdemeanors to disclose their criminal history), many individuals with criminal records face discrimination when it comes to employment.
According to one study, former felons are banned from working approximately 800 types of jobs. However, even a misdemeanor charge can have an impact on your life. Some individuals believe that reducing charges from felonies to misdemeanors will protect them in the future. Yet, even individuals who have only been convicted of misdemeanors face some of the collateral consequences. According to Time, individuals with misdemeanor records face barriers to finding housing, access to loans, and may even face consequences should they ever have to fight a case in family court.
Having a DUI or DWI conviction can also impact your ability to get certain jobs. Individuals who need to drive for their jobs could face serious consequences, up to even losing their job if they are found guilty of a DUI or DWI. In Virginia, a DUI is a misdemeanor offense. However, a third DUI offense, and offenses that result in serous injury could result in a felony charge. According to the Alexandria, Virginia DUI lawyer at Jonathan Y. Short, P.C., Virginia has some of the most serious laws in the country for DUI convictions. Individuals not only face jail time and license suspension, but they can also suffer some of the serious consequences that come along with having a criminal record. These consequences can be both social and financial.
According to the Nation, workers with felony or misdemeanor charges are often forced to work informal part-time jobs. In some instances, they face challenges similar to illegal immigrants. Many struggle to find stable jobs that can offer economic security. Others face challenges securing student loans, housing, and other government benefits. However, individuals who can afford to hire a DUI lawyer are often at an advantage. A DUI lawyer may be able to get charges reduced or dropped. DUI attorneys can look at the circumstances surrounding a stop. Officers must have proper cause to stop a person. If an officer didn’t have cause to stop an individual the charges may be able to be dropped.
There are many strong DUI and DWI defenses, but having a qualified lawyer often makes all the difference. Jonathan Y. Short. P.C. is a criminal defense lawyer in Alexandria and Fairfax, County Virginia. Our firm understands the high consequences of a DUI and DWI conviction and work hard to understand the facts of your case and present the strongest possible defense. We’ll offer an honest assessment of your case and help you understand your options going forward.

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