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Do I have to report a reckless driving conviction on a job application?

reporting reckless driving on a job applicationIt's becoming common for employers to conduct a criminal background check as a condition of a job offer. As such, you may need to report a reckless driving conviction on your job application.

How to Handle Reckless Driving Charges on a Job Application

The key to completing any job application is to understand specifically what is being asked. Most applications ask about your criminal background in one of three ways:

  • Have you ever been charged with a crime? You need to answer yes to this question, even if your charge is later dismissed. Reckless driving is a criminal offense.
  • Have you ever been convicted of a crime? You can answer no if your charge was dismissed, although a dismissal by completing community service or a driver improvement clinic qualifies as a deferred disposition and may still be required to be reported on some applications.
  • Have you been convicted of a felony? Although reckless driving can sometimes be a felony charge, it's typically only a misdemeanor.

If you fail to include the charge when required and are offered the job, you could be terminated at a later date if your employer uncovers the deception.

Effect on Your Employment Prospects

Whether or not a reckless driving charge will affect your chance of being offered the position will depend on the specific requirements of the job and your existing record. A reckless driving charge is more likely to be a problem if the job requires driving or if you already have a criminal record.

In many cases, an employer will give you a chance to explain the circumstances behind the charge. It's a good idea to be prepared with an explanation before you go to an interview.

How T. Kevin Wilson Can Help

Since a reckless driving conviction can make job hunting more challenging, it's never a good idea to just pay the ticket and hope for the best. Virginia attorney T. Kevin Wilson is dedicated to helping drivers build an aggressive defense to reduce or drop reckless driving charges. Call today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

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