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Can a OVI , guilty plea and mental disabilty jepordize my future employment?

Columbus, OH |

Three traffic violation charges in 201. Two dismissed, found guilty of OVI. Two felony drug charges in 2012. One dismissed, and pleaded other to M1 theft. Will all original charges show up on BC.
I also suffer from anxiety attacks which has caused my to lose my last job b/c I panic in large crowds, and I am diagnosed with bipolar.

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Yes. Any criminal conviction may jeopardize potential employment. It is an underappreciated additional reason to hire a good criminal defense attorney. As yourself, "If you are employer and you have 2 equally qualified candidates and one has a criminal record and the other does not; all else equal, who do you hire?" Obviously, the one without a criminal record. Additionally, OVI can severely hamper a potential employment where driving a company vehicle or CDL is involved.

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Depending on the type of background check is used by your potential employer, some or all of this information may be available. Whether or not it will affect your employment, I cannot say. That is at the discretion of the person hiring you. However, I can recommend that, if asked, you are honest about any charges you have received.

As to the anxiety attacks and the bipolar disorder, a diagnosed mental disease is considered a disability under both State and Federal law. An employer cannot lawfully discriminate against you for either of these conditions, as long as you can perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Lori A. Strobl
Strobl & Associates, Co LPA
1015 E. Centerville Station Rd.
Centerville, Ohio 45459
(937) 496-1450

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Your criminal charges may have an impact on your future employment, and you may want to consult with an attorney regarding your employment status and your options regarding your criminal charges.

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