Will a company hire you if they ask “have you been convicted of a felony” and you only have a misdemeanor dui?

I recently received a job offer and on the offer letter, the company stated that they will perform a background check. On the application, they asked have you been convicted of a felony to which I checked “no”. I have a misdemeanor DUI and am applying for an engineering position. My DUI happened while in college 2 1/2 years ago. When this misdemeanor shows up on the background check, is that enough to get the company to rescind the offer?

5 comments

  • Gordon S

    They asked you if you had been convicted of a felony, since you have not been convicted of a felony, you have nothing to worry about.

  • arejokerswild

    Driving infractions don’t show up on a criminal background check unless there was a felony involved when you were driving. If you killed someone driving drunk and were charged with manslaughter, that would show up. If you had several DUI-s that would be something to worry about. I don’t think you will have a problem.

  • tonks_op

    A misdemeanor and a felony are two different things. It might show on the records, I am not sure.

  • sara sentor

    Amit, misdemeanor and felony are counted as separate counts on law terms. The employees wont reject you on the grounds of DUI, however you should tell them about it, when asked. As u said you have marked ‘No’ on the application form for misdemeanor, tell them you have DUI & allow them if they are willing to do background check for that.

    For more on DUI, log into: http://www.aboutdui.org/

  • kenneth phan

    if the case has resoveved for the past 2.1/2 years. you should go local agency to make a record clearing. so forever what you will not see anything from background check. it cost only a few hundreds. the law office still can help but costs more. it is easy to do.
    good luck
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