If you get arrested for drinking and driving, you could face serious consequences. For example, you could need to spend time in jail, pay a large fine and go without your driving privileges for a certain period of time.
According to the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles, you could face these penalties if you drive with a blood alcohol content level at or above 0.08%. You could also face issues securing employment if you have a DUI conviction on your record, so it is important to know how to discuss your criminal history during a job interview with a potential employer.
Stick to the basic details
When asked about the DUI on your record, do not provide more information than necessary. Avoid elaborating on the situation and keep your explanation of what occurred concise and straightforward.
Do not try and hide the conviction
If asked whether or not you have a criminal history, do not try and hide this part of your record. Doing so could only result in employment-related challenges later on.
Focus on your strengths
During the interview process, focus on your employment strengths and what you have learned since the DUI. If the interviewer tries to emphasize the DUI too much, try and steer the conversation back to what you bring to the company as an employee.
It may take a little more effort to obtain employment if you have a DUI on your record. However, finding employment is not impossible as long as you focus on your strengths and the skills you offer as an employee.