Client Guide – What do I put on my job application?

Written by Reynolds Defense Firm

On February 7, 2022

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When applying for a new job it’s important to be honest about your criminal history. But it can be difficult to explain a DUI on a job application. This is something our clients often seek guidance on, so we sat down with one of our attorneys, Anthony Li, to gain a little insight on the topic.

RDF: What do I put on my job application, regarding arrests and convictions?

AL: What specifically is your application asking? If your application is asking whether you have any criminal “convictions” and you recently were arrested on DUII and have not been charged, or have been charged but a court has not entered a judgment against you, then you have not been convicted. In that scenario you can honestly answer no. Same for if the application asks about criminal history.  If you have not yet been convicted in your DUII case, and you do not have any prior convictions, you can honestly respond that you have no criminal history.  

Thanks to “ban the box” advocacy campaigns, a prospective employer’s inquiries about your criminal history may be limited prior to the initial interview stage of a job application. For more information on employer inquiries, or if you believe a prospective employer may be violating this law, visit the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries website.

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