The frustration over a conviction of a DUI can stem for the anger of your lack of judgement, embarrassment to family and friends and the financial fallout you endure. You can add another to the list of frustrating consequences, it can affect getting hired for your next job.
When you are visiting with a prospective employer, they may ask if you have ever been convicted of a crime resulting in a misdemeanor or a felony. Some employers will ask your permission to run a background check to acquire this information. Depending on what your career path entails, a DUI may or may not prove to be a hinderance in finding employment. If the occupation involves driving, working with sensitive material or being around children, the employer may not be as understanding of your conviction as other employers would.
Were you convicted?
If you were arrested on suspicion of DUI but were never convicted, it will likely not affect your job opportunity. You may only be asked if you have ever been convicted of a crime, since your DUI never resulted in a conviction, you would not need to disclose that information. You are not required to disclose your conviction voluntarily and should not address it unless it is formally asked.
Where a DUI may be a problem when job hunting
Positions that work with children will often see a DUI as a red flag to employment. If the job consists working as a driver, a DUI will obviously cause concern. A position where you are not hired to be a driver but will be driving a company car for a significant part of the time could also cause you a problem. Other companies that routinely handle confidential information will usually have a strict rule of not hiring any employee with a criminal conviction in their past.
As you can see, a DUI is something that can stay with you and effect your life for some time after the initial conviction. If you have been arrested for a DUI, you should speak to an attorney to learn about your legal rights and what a conviction may mean to your future.