Once you receive a DWI conviction in Missouri, it is likely that your life will change forever. Not only may you spend considerable time in jail or prison and have to pay large fines, but your conviction can have additional fallout. For instance, you may lose your driving privileges by having your driver’s licence suspended or revoked. Depending upon the circumstances of your conviction, it may take you years and a good deal of money to get your license back.
Another major way in which your DWI conviction can negatively impact your life is the effect it can have on your future employment. Unfortunately, many prospective employers see a criminal conviction, for DWI or otherwise, as a black mark against your character. They may well give the job to another applicant who has the same qualifications as you do, but who has an unblemished record. In addition, if your preferred job requires a license, the licensing board may decline to grant you one.
As you probably realize, most employers these days run a background check on prospective employees before hiring them. While the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires removal of your DWI arrest(s) after seven years, your DWI conviction(s) stay on your record forever unless you get them expunged.
Your background check can bring to light any number of other collateral things pertaining to your DWI conviction(s), including the following:
- Your current driving record, plus that from any state where you previously lived
- Your driving record from any state in which you were convicted of a DUI or other vehicle-related crime
- The record of your driver’s license suspensions and/or revocations in every state where you received them
- All your court records associated with any criminal convictions
- All your incarceration records
- Any Facebook posts that you or your friends made about your DWI arrest(s) and/or conviction(s)
All in all, receiving a DWI conviction can negatively impact you for years to come. That is why your best interests dictate that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible after your arrest.