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How DWI convictions affect employment in Maryland

On Behalf of | Nov 1, 2021 | dui/dwi |

A criminal conviction of any kind could have an impact on your employment. If you’re convicted of driving while intoxicated, it can be damaging to your career even if your job doesn’t primarily involve driving.

Background checks

Most employers will include criminal background checks as part of the hiring process. A criminal conviction for driving under the influence is very damaging because it shows that an individual would need to stay away from other drivers on the road. Employers do not want to take on someone who they feel may be a liability for them or their clients in some way even if that criminal offense wasn’t related to the position in question.

In addition, there are specific rules about criminal records and employment within certain professions. For example, in some states, people with criminal convictions may not work as doctors or nurses because they have to deal with patients who have medical issues and need prescriptions.

It can expose the employer to liability

If an employer hires someone with a criminal conviction and that person commits an offense on the job, it exposes both the employee and employer to liability. The business can find itself in court for negligent hiring under criminal defense law because it knew about the criminal record before giving the individual a position at its company.

Employers want to be sure that they are not putting themselves at risk when hiring someone who has criminal convictions. In many cases, a DWI conviction could disqualify an individual from getting hired for a position because of the liability issues involved in this situation.

If you have a criminal conviction on your record, it can impact future employment opportunities. If you’re facing DWI charges, it’s important to avoid a conviction.



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