The ramifications of a DUI arrest are far reaching, even if the person accused of the crime is never convicted of drunk driving. In fact, this really goes for any crime, though we are going to focus the discussion on DUI offenses. When you are accused or convicted of a crime, your personal reputation and record will take a significant hit. One of the ways that this will be reflected is in background checks that places of living and work will perform.
If you have been convicted of a DUI offense, that crime will be on your record indefinitely, and it will most certainly show up on the background check. However, even the arrest (without a conviction) could remain on your record for seven years. When this charge or conviction shows up in a background check, employers could refuse a job to you.
Thankfully the state of Colorado forces employers to prove the job relevance given a certain conviction. Essentially this means that the state of Colorado does not allow employers to just bar people from obtaining a job if they have a DUI arrest or conviction on their record. Additionally, there are ways for the accused or convicted person to receive a reprieve of their record given a potential employment opportunity.
Of course, an expungement is one of the best ways to clean your record in the wake of a DUI arrest or offense. We wrote about this topic a few weeks ago. A DUI expungement is a vital tool for many people who have been accused or convicted of a DUI but are looking to turn their life around after that one unfortunate mistake.