A DUI On Your Record
The state of Colorado is extremely strict. If you get a DUI on your record, then it stays there forever. In fact, not only does your DUI stay on your record, it can be used against you if you get charged for another DUI offense in the future. So, if you have a DUI on your record from decades ago, it will still be used against you in the future.
Felony or Misdemeanor?
The first two DUI offenses within the state of Colorado are usually considered a misdemeanor crime as long as the driver did not hurt someone else or damage property. However, if the driver created physical injury to someone or property damage, then him or her, will most likely face a felony charge.
Don’t get too comfortable with the fact that a DUI is often considered a misdemeanor case. Why? Because different states have different laws. Unfortunately, if you move to a different state your record will show a misdemeanor DUI, but if your new state has more rigorous laws, they will see “DUI” and assume you are a felon. In fact, most people in general assume that a DUI is a felony even on the first offense even in the state of Colorado and it is brutally difficult for a felon to find work.
Getting a job becomes extremely difficult when you have a DUI whether it is a misdemeanor or felony. First, you do not have to report a DUI on your job application if it is not a felony. However, many companies will do a background check on potential employees and your DUI will show up. This is where a misdemeanor DUI can get complicated.
There is a general stereotype that many people hold that a DUI is a felony offense, even if it is declared as a misdemeanor. Which means your odds of getting hired will often be lowered because of generalizations that individuals hold.
Further, a DUI on your record indicates to employers you are a potential risk. Your record does not show the circumstances surrounding your DUI, which leaves it up to the employer’s imagination. In Colorado, all this tells the employers is that you broke a law that many people have strong feelings for. You spent a minimum of 5 days in jail, and paid hefty fines.
On top of that, most DUI convictions come with a license suspension of at least 90 days on the first offense. Some employers may even assume that you have an alcohol abuse problem. Whenever you apply for a job with a DUI on your record, you are facing the unknown territory of personal bias of the employer or Human Resource department of the firm.
Your DUI record can create an image of a rule-breaker who has spent time in jail and away from work. Your record depicts an employee who did not have personal transportation for a few months and potentially facing financial problems due to the DUI process. In fact, some people might even stereotype you as simply a “bad” person.
It is also common for people to assume your past events to be indicative of future behavior. Whether these assumptions are true or false, it doesn’t really matter in terms of employment. Every single time you seek a job, you are completely reliant on the personal opinions of your future employer.
Don’t Get Convicted!
Ultimately, a DUI is the last thing you want on your permanent record. Your life and the way people perceive you changes in a negative way. If you get charged with a DUI, FIGHT IT. Do everything within your power to get the charges lowered or dropped. This is completely possible with the right support, especially if it is your first offense.
If you are charged with a DUI in Boulder, Colorado make sure you obtain the services of Boulder DUI Attorney Phil Clark. Phil is certified in National Highway Transportation Safety Administration standards. With his experience as a former prosecutor, Phil has the inside knowledge and skills to defend your DUI or DUID case. Contact Us for a FREE Consultation. Don’t wait to protect yourself and invest in your future today!