A man working as a limousine driver in Marco Island, Florida, was pulled over and arrested on drunk-driving charges last week. According to news reports, it was his sixth DUI arrest.
Police said he was pulled over for swerving and driving over the speed limit in a car owned by Classic Transportation, a local limousine company. He wasn't driving any passengers at the time and he has no known history of driving drunk while on the job.
If you're hired to drive other people around, in Florida or in other states, you usually need what's called a hack license, which requires a background check. The part-time driver was hired in December and according to the limo company owner who hired him, there were no red flags in his driving history when he checked Collier County records. That could be because background checks have different timelines depending on the crime. Collier County's background checks go back 20 years for murder, 10 years for a misdemeanor or felony, and three years for a DUI conviction.
The arrested limo driver's DUI convictions date back to the 1980s and '90s, so they weren't included in the check. The limo service owner said he plans to conduct his own background checks from now on.
Most drivers with a DUI conviction learn their lesson and never get another one; habitual offenders, or those with at least three convictions, are less common. But it's important to realize that even a single drunk-driving offense in the distance past can affect your ability to secure a job, especially if the background check is more thorough than average. If you're facing a DUI charge, an attorney with a focus on drunk driving offenses may be able to help you prevent a conviction from landing on your record and affecting your future.
Source: WINK News, "Marco limo driver gets arrested for 6th DUI," Feb. 24, 2012