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Driving Record

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by ScarletInMyVeins, Mar 10, 2005.

  1. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    I was wondering if anyone here knows anything about getting something either changed or removed from a driving record?

    In may I got pulled over and charged with a DUI. I served my jail time, paid all of my fines, and paid the reinstatement fees for my license.

    The reason I am looking into this is because I have had a couple of job opportunities in the past couple of months that require a clean driving record and this is the only thing holding me back from advancing in my profession. If there is anyone out there with knowledge on this I would appreciate the help.
  2. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    No way you're going to get a DUI off your record. Sorry man.

    Why are you applying for jobs that require a clean driving record when you know you have a DUI?

    That's like someone with a child molestation charge applying for a job at Little Tykes.
  3. ScarletInMyVeins

    ScarletInMyVeins Tanned Fat Looks Better

    I never applied for them... I know better.

    I'm not thinking of having the DUI dropped completely off but maybe changed to a wreckless ops charge or something.
  4. Gobucki

    Gobucki I'm using the Internet!!!

    Unfortunately, convictions stay on your driving record for life.
  5. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    I'm not a lawyer, I just play one on the internet but I imagine that may be quite difficult but I know there are some lawyers who post on this board so maybe they can help you out.

    Good Luck!!
  6. exhawg

    exhawg Mirror Guy Staff Member

    DUI's are for life as far as I know. The best you can hope for is in 5 years when your insurance rate isn't jacked up by it anymore.
  7. NorthShoreBuck

    NorthShoreBuck True Madness Requires Significant Intelligence

    I actually got a job once because the person they hired before me had a DUI something like 5 years before.
    They asked up front and he must have lied.
    He was fired on the spot once they found out.

    Does the job require driving a company car?
    There are usually insurance issues.

    The smart thing would have been for your lawyer to try to get it to reckless op up front but I think many companies are on to that also.

    Today you have no privacy and your driving record, your credit report and anything else they can dig up is fair game.
  8. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin

    Should have fought that fight at the beginning.

    As for Dropping off... after like 7 years they become "aged" or something... but that's a whole different thing.

    Anyway... unfortuantely, this isn't like your credit rating where you could challenge the record while your history is getting checked.

    I think you're going to have trouble with this for a while, unfortunately. What I would do is try to find out what the policy for those employers who have turned you down actually is... so you can get an idea of what you're up against... ie are they concerned about DUI's forever, or the last 2 years, or what.
  9. an interesting point: scarlet cant get a job with a dui, maybe he should run for president...

    in being an equal oppurtunity offender and avoiding a political bias, neither could on of the most sr senators ted kennedy after he killed that chick in his car...
  10. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    People stupid enough to drink and drive and get caught don't deserve to have their driving record made private.
  11. Buck Nasty

    Buck Nasty You'll have nothing and like it

    I think a lot of it depends on the job and the background check. Most only go back 2 years, sometimes 3. If your driving record is otherwise clean, sometimes your insurance company will not even find out about it unless they underwrite your policy, or you have a claim. If your insurance rates have not gone up yet, do not even think about changing companies, shopping for better rates, or making a claim. Even if you just look around for better rates it may cause them to take a look. I think the max that any of them go back is 5 years just due to the expense of looking any further.

    I have been told by some atty types that it is possible to get a DUI expunged from your record (at least it used to be) , but not for several years, and you would have to have no other offenses during the interim time.
  12. BrutuStrength

    BrutuStrength It's time to bring it!

    I believe the driving records are similar to credit reports in that they only go back a set number of years. Credit reports go back 10 years, which often fools abusive bankruptcy filers, because they usually think that since people can only file for bankruptcy once every 7 years, that their credit reports only show 7 years of history.

    I think that most places (jobs and insurance companies) only look 5 years or so back, but I do not know how far the actual records go. I would not be surprised if they were indefinite.
  13. NorthShoreBuck

    NorthShoreBuck True Madness Requires Significant Intelligence

    Is your point that it is wrong they drink and drive or that they get caught?
    My point was you have no privacy, period.

    Imagine if your future potential employer was able to find out you have 3000+ useless internet board posts, many I am sure from work, and you are universally despised by an entire group.

    I see two sides to these issues. Privacy and how it is related to your job position or performance.

    Does the fact that you drank and drove indicate you have trouble with alcohol? Does it mean you make poor decisions? Can they get you insurance for a company car. Same goes for a credit report. If you handle money I can see the purpose but it seems like everyone wants to know everything about everyone, whether they should or not.

    For your next job interview please have your lawyer, accountant and doctor available to answer all questions.
    AKAK likes this.
  14. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    Some states have a "first time offender" statute that allows your record to be expunged after a certain amount of time and/or you complete the terms of your sentence. No idea whether that works in Ohio or if it applies to DUIs. I can imagine that they might be excluded, but, on the other hand, as a matter of policy, you might want to include them as a way of getting people who aren't career criminals and made a mistake back on track. Look into it. Good luck.
  15. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    I agree.

    Hey Tibs, do they have those special license plates in PA for drunk drivers?

    Here in Ohio you get yellow plates with red letters after 2 DUI's. I like the scarlet letter idea.


    Don't quote me on this but I believe that people with these plates can be pulled at any time for no apparent reason. Just allows cops to do random checks of the driver.

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