The answer to this question is an absolute yes because the U.S. employment system is an “at will” system. The potential employer has much freedom to choose whom they like for any position that may be open as long as they adhere to the EEOC guidelines. The best part of this authority is that a DUI can also be immaterial to some employers when the job does not require driving on duty. The primary concerns then will more than likely be dependability in attendance and behavior on the job. There are many Mississippi employers who need manual laborers who are not worried about a DUI charge. However, many employers are indeed particular for multiple reasons.
Even the arrest record can matter
Even cases that are adjudicated without a conviction can be problematic for some employment positions. Truck driving positions are the first that could be impacted, but even a route sales job could mean a denial as well. The paper trail still exists even if a drunk driving case is dismissed. It is always a good decision to request an expunction of all case records after a dismissed prosecution.
Non-alcohol impaired driving citations
The state of Mississippi is among those that have enhanced their DUI laws to include driving under the influence of drugs or illegal chemicals. Medical marijuana users may have trouble as well due to lingering attitudes regarding the drug. It is common to be cited for DUI for drugs and have a prospective employer run a drug background check in addition to other criminal history matters.
A good step before seeking substantially lucrative employment is making sure your background history is as clean as possible. The Mississippi legal system does allow for certain convictions to be expunged when the case can qualify for suppression, including some DUI cases.