Will a DUI cause me to fail a background check?

My answer to you is that it really is going to depend on what type of prospective employer, you have, and what type of background check that is run.

So, let me give you an example:

If you have a private employer, not a government related employer, but a private employer that just does your basic background check, then there’s a chance that it might not even show up.

I’ve had cases where some of my clients have told me that the background check was fine, and the DUI never even showed up with their prospective employer.

Now, in contrast to that, let’s say that you’re applying for a government position, whether you’re applying to become a police officer or any sort of government based position, that’s going to be a lot different.

Based upon my years of experience, what I’ve come to learn is that my clients who are applying for a government based position or any kind of job requiring some sort of security clearance will likely have their DUI show up on a background check.

The reason for this is because a lot of times in these government based positions, the government will do what’s called a “live scan.”

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And a live scan is typically the highest type of background check there is. It’s from the Department of Justice.

So if you’re looking at a position where you’re going to be applying for a government based job or, again, some sort of security clearance job, then expect that it’s likely going to show up in terms of a DUI and your background check.

If you have any questions about this or if you’d like to discuss further, feel free to pick up the phone and give us a call. We’d be happy to talk to you about your particular situation during a free legal consultation.