Receiving your third DUI within 10 years made you think about your life, and despite your charge, you still want to get a government job. Could your felony hamper your goals?
Chron explains the nuances of getting a government job with a felony DUI. While you may not qualify for the position you desire, others may remain on the table.
Bearing on the position
Your chances of obtaining a position with the government with a DUI conviction may depend on the job. If the government position involves driving, expect the employer to consider your encounter with Virginia law enforcement strongly. If your duties involve sitting at a desk, your charge may not have much bearing on your chances of employment.
Considering the circumstances
You must also consider whether you want to apply for a government job at the federal, state or local level. Some levels may not disqualify applicants with a felony DUI, but higher-level jobs, such as the Secret Service, may remain closed to you forever.
Resisting the temptation to lie
To achieve your career goals, do not lie about your DUIs. Employers may run a background check to see for themselves whether you have anything in your past they should know about. Some companies do not mind employing applicants with a criminal record, but the same does not apply to applicants who knowingly lie. Admit to your past and leg companies decide for themselves if they want to work with you.
You may still have a chance of becoming a government employee. Your third DUI does not have to snuff out the life of your career.