Speeding tickets are not considered to be criminal offenses, unlike a reckless driving or a DUI charge. Even if you are found to be “guilty” of speeding, it is not considered to be a criminal offense and does not work toward establishing a criminal record. Therefore, you are not obligated to disclose that you have received a speeding ticket or any other ticket that is considered to be a payable offense, such as a parking ticket.
Be that as it may, if you are considering applying for a job that involves driving as part of your employment duties, you can safely assume that your potential employer will run a thorough check on your driving record. In this case, past traffic infractions will be reported. The employer may be unwilling to hire you if they feel that your driving record reflects poor judgment on your part, especially if you have accumulated a great number of speeding tickets.
Is it Mandatory That I Disclose Traffic Violations if I am Applying For a Job?
It is not necessary to disclose minor traffic violations such as improper lane changes, not stopping at a stop sign, or even speeding. These types of violations are not considered to be criminal in nature and are not reflected as such.
There are, however, offenses that do need to be reported, as they are considered to be criminal charges. They include the following:
- Driving on a suspended license
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Reckless driving
Because these charges are listed as criminal, it makes no difference that they involve traffic violations. The nature of the offense was such that it was moved into a higher classification of criminal charges. Therefore, these offenses will appear on background reports.
Can I Have Old Traffic Violations Removed From my Record?
For most individuals who receive a traffic citation, the easiest method to resolve the situation is to simply pay the ticket and go on with life. Although this is certainly the easiest and most convenient method, paying a ticket means that you admit that you are guilty of committing the offense for which the ticket was issued.
In the long run, the best advice that you can follow would be to fight any ticket that you may receive. Our experienced traffic attorneys understand how to fight for your legal rights and know what to look for when reviewing traffic citations. There are many reasons why a traffic ticket may not stand up in court. Only by fighting a ticket do you stand a chance of maintaining a clean driving record. This is especially important to remember if you drive as part of your employment.
How Can An Attorney Help Me With Background Checks?
Our attorneys understand that in the present day, nearly all employers rely on background checks to assist them in the hiring process. We also recognize that sometimes good people make mistakes. If you are concerned about speeding tickets or other information that may appear on your background check, you need to contact our law office at (410) 484-0400 and schedule a free initial case review. We can answer your legal questions and tell you how best to proceed. We look forward to serving you.