In the past, people with criminal convictions on their records would face an uphill battle trying to get a different job down the road. These days, employers have become increasingly understanding, and more employers than ever before feel willing to hire applicants with criminal records. However, that does not mean that you should expect a walk in the park when you have a DWI in Texas and try to obtain a new job.
Having a DWI on your record indicates that you demonstrate exceeding poor judgment. Employers may feel wary about hiring you, especially if it is for a position that requires driving. There are some things you should expect on the job hunt as well as some things that you can do to try to increase your odds of landing a new line of work.
Employers cannot ask you to disclose convictions
It is critical to remember that there is a difference between arrests and convictions. An arrest typically will not work against you in a job search, but a conviction may. You could find some applications that require you to disclose any convictions you had in the past. This is unlawful, and you have a right not to answer. However, that will not stop employers from conducting personal investigations to find convictions up to seven years in the past.
You can expunge your record
In Texas, you have a right to expunge your record, even with a DWI conviction. This will prevent criminal convictions from appearing in a job search, but you need to be aware that it will not eliminate all evidence of a conviction. If your case was in the newspapers, then those will still appear in a Google search. It can be tough to prove that an employer passed you over a job due to a DWI when you do not know the full story, but there are steps you can take to increase your odds of landing a great, new job.