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Filling out job applications after a WA DUI:
Life goes on after you have been arrested for a Washington state DUI!
Most likely you will be applying for a job at some point after your DUI has been resolved.
While it is important to answer job application questions honestly and accurately, that is sometimes easier said than done.
Sometimes, it may not be clear exactly what information the application is asking for or you may not remember the details of how your case was resolved.
- You should answer the question accurately, but it is not necessary to give more information than is requested.
- An inaccurate answer, even if well intentioned, may be interpreted by a potential employer as deceitful.
- An employer who may not care about the case otherwise, might decline to hire you if they believe you are dishonest.
We help you answer job applications questions about your DUI arrest.
Part of our job when we represent clients on a Washington DUI charge is to answer all their questions prior, during and at the close of their DUI case. Our clients do not need to worry about incurring additional fees by calling us with questions about their case even after everything is resolved. If you are filling out an application and don't know how to correctly answer a question about your criminal history, please email us the exact question and we will be happy to answer it for you.
Please note: we are not employment lawyers and cannot advise you on whether the question being asked is legal, or if you are required to answer the question. We can only help you answer the question accurately about the case we represented you on. If you feel like the question is not fair, or if you don't want to answer a question, we would suggest you contact an employment attorney.
Example job application questions:
Have you ever been arrested for a crime?
If you were put in the back of a police car and taken to the police station you have been arrested for a criminal offense.
You may have been arrested even if you were never placed in handcuffs or taken anywhere in a police care.
For example, if you were contacted by the police at a hospital after an accident and requested to submit to a blood test for alcohol or drugs you were under arrest at the time. This is true even if your DUI was later dismissed or reduced to a lesser charge.
Have you ever been accused of a misdemeanor or gross-misdemeanor?
Yes, almost all DUIs are gross-misdemeanors.
If you have appeared in court and were charged with a Washington State DUI, then you have been accused of a gross-misdemeanor. Again, this is true even if your charges were later dismissed or reduced.
Have you ever been convicted of a crime?
Yes, if you entered a plea of guilty or were convicted after a trial of DUI, reckless driving, or negligent driving 1 then you have been found guilty of a crime.
The answer would be "no" if the DUI charges were dismissed or reduced to a traffic infraction such as negligent driving second degree.
Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or gross-misdemeanor?
Yes, if you entered a plea of guilty or were found guilty after a trial of a DUI in district or municipal court, then you have been convicted of a gross-misdemeanor.
Likewise if you entered a plea of guilty to the charge of reckless driving, then you have been convicted of a gross-misdemeanor. If you entered a plea of guilty to negligent driving 1, then you have been found guilty of a misdemeanor.
Have you ever been convicted of a felony?
"No" most likely is the answer.
The vast majority of DUI cases are gross-misdemeanors. However, if your case was in Superior Court, then it may have been a felony DUI.
How do I find out what is on my Driving record?
The best way to find out what is on your record is to pull it yourself. You can obtain your criminal record from the Washington State Patrol. You can also obtain your complete driving record from the Washington state Department of Licensing.