As a general rule, DUI records are part of your criminal record and a part of the public record (for adults). The records are searchable and anyone with enough time or money can find them. Â And many newspapers publishÂ DUI convictions regularly.
While some limitations and restrictions apply to your criminal record, individual charges and your conviction/innocence are usually discovered easily.
Many employers will:
- conduct a background search
- hire private investigative firms to collect criminal history reports
- require a copy of your driving record (which will show DUI charges and breathalyzerÂ refusals)
Who Else Sees My DUI Record?
The most common uses for the DUI Record are from law enforcement. However, outside of law enforcement the most common use comes from employers and educational institutions. There are certain job categories where it is necessary for the employer or the educational institution to require you to supply a criminal history or submit to a background check. (On a personal note, I have had to submit to background checks - including criminal history and credit reports - and drug testing for every corporate job I've had since graduating college. In fact some of this information can tell an employer your current salary and they can use this to decide how low a salary they can offer you.)
Accessing Your DUI Records
In many states you can acquire copies of your criminal records for a small fee. These records can be useful. Obviously if an employer sees an arrest or conviction on your record they will think twice before hiring you. And sometimes those records are inaccurate. And even worse they can include arrests you've had but were later found innocent of the charges. If the courts didn't think you were guilty why should an employer see the arrest on your record? Clearly this is when you need a local lawyer to expunge your record.
See Also: Expunge Criminal Records .
Source: Total DUI .
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