Career & Future Consequences from an MIP

What Is Your Career or Education Worth?

Your degree may not be worth as much as you think if you’ve been convicted of an alcohol related crime. Many employers and graduate programs perform background checks before making a final job offer or allowing entrance into a graduate program. This means if you have an alcohol misdemeanor or felony on your record, you may be denied an occupation despite your educational accomplishments.

For example, did you know that for many nursing, engineering, medicine and health professions, veterinary, education and law include, “good moral character” as a requirement for their licensure process?

Certification boards may deny, revoke, or suspend licenses to practice based on alcohol related legal offenses.

How One MIP Can Ruin Your Life

Alcohol convictions that may affect your job offers include but are not limited to:

  • Carrying, manufacturing or providing fake identification
  • The misrepresentation of age to purchase alcohol
  • Possession of alcohol by a minor or a minor in possession
  • Driving under the influence
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Purchasing or providing alcohol for minors.

Is it that big of a deal to have a misdemeanor on my record? A misdemeanor may be on your record for life if you are convicted or have pled guilty. Although the law typically allows for the expungment of an MIP conviction from your record after a certain period of time if you have no other alcohol related convictions, an MIP is still a serious conviction.

If you do have a misdemeanor on your record you could be responsible for revealing this information on any job applications for many advanced degree programs such as medical school and law school. Yes, it is a big deal and it can affect the value of the degree that you have worked so hard to achieve.

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The Law Offices of Raymond A. Purdy, PLLC | 821 West Savidge St. Spring Lake, MI 49456 | Phone: 1-616-502-1646 | Fax: 1-616-842-5735