It’s hard to believe, but driving records can be much more damaging than criminal records.
How is this possible? Well, things have changed.
You see, insurance companies and employers are looking at your records differently these days. This is because more and more people are expunging their criminal history. So, insurance carriers and prospective employers are trying to find your history in different ways. One way is your driving record.
A resume can be full of half truths, missing items or made up degrees, so employers are not as interested in a resume as you might think. The time it takes to verify every school, prior job or degree you have is too burdensome. Instead, they are looking at other ways to peer into your life and make a quick determination of who you are… whether it is deserved or not.
It used to be that a quick peek at a criminal record was a good indicator of character, but those records can be expunged by any good attorney, including me. Having this done is still a good idea because many jobs are dependent on criminal history, but there is no way to expunge your driving records. Even worse, they are easily accessed by any prospective employer or probing insurance company.
Two recent events come to mind. One client of mine got a DUI about three years ago. We have expunged it from her criminal history, but the suspended license she got with that DUI remains on her driving record for at least 5 years. She still is unable to get insurance for her vehicle because of that driving record.
Another incident, which was even more unfair, involved a client who got a conviction for “Minor in Possession of Alcohol” (MIP) while at college. He wasn’t driving and wasn’t even near his car when alcohol was found in his dorm room. In Kansas, an MIP conviction also results in a suspension of your driving privileges. Today he can’t get a promotion at his job because when his employer submitted his name to that employer’s insurance company, the insurance company rejected his application. All they saw was the suspended driver’s license several years ago and refused insurance coverage. My client can’t take the promotion at his job as the employer’s insurer refuses to allow him to drive a company car. All because of a beer in a dorm room 3 years ago.
Although I did not represent this client in the MIP case it would have been better to have legal counsel. It is entirely likely the result would have been something other than a suspended license. Instead, the client went to court unrepresented, entered a guilty plea and paid a fine. It wasn’t until later he learned his license was suspended. And it wasn’t until a lot later he found out it would keep him from getting a promotion.
The point is you should be very careful with your driving record. Don’t think pleading to an infraction and paying the fine and court costs will be the end of a ticket. It can have some long term consequences.
For help with Garden City KS traffic violations including speeding tickets, driving under the influence (DUI), Minor in Possession (MIP) and expired license, tags or insurance call my office at 620-275-9614. Also, I can help you expunge your criminal history and clear it up as soon as possible so you have a better chance at promotions, cheaper insurance and job security.