A reckless driving conviction is considered a criminal charge, unlike a simple traffic violation such as speeding. Because of this, a conviction must be reported on any job application that asks whether you have a criminal record. If you're searching for a new job, this can make it more challenging to find a suitable position.
Reporting a Reckless Driving Conviction on a Job Application
As part of the initial screening process, it’s becoming increasingly common for employers to ask whether an applicant has a criminal record. A reckless driving conviction is typically a misdemeanor, but it still must be reported unless the application specifically asks for only felony convictions. If you fail to include it on your application, you could be terminated at a later date if your employer discovers the deception.
Virginia law does not allow crimes, even those classified as misdemeanors, to be expunged. This means that your reckless driving conviction will appear on your criminal record indefinitely. However, applications typically only ask about convictions from the last seven to 10 years.
How Convictions Affect Employment Prospects
Whether or not a reckless driving conviction will prevent you from being offered the job depends on a few different factors. If the job doesn't require driving and the employer treats each conviction on an individual basis, the reckless driving conviction might not be a deal breaker. However, if the job requires a clean driving record, it's likely that a recent reckless driving charge will cost you the job. Corporate insurance policies usually have specific requirements for the types of employees who can be covered to operate company vehicles.
Protecting Your Rights
Since a reckless driving conviction can make obtaining employment significantly more difficult, it's a mistake to simply pay the ticket and accept the consequences. Virginia attorney Charles V. Hardenbergh is committed to helping drivers who've been charged with reckless driving use defenses such as speedometer calibration or options such as completing a driver improvement program to get the charge reduced or dropped. Call today to schedule a free, no-obligation initial case review.