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is a DUI considered a criminal offense, specifically for applying to become an educational teacher?
Already Tried: DUI is pending and I hope to get accepted into an ARD program, which I believe results in all matters being expunged after a successful 6-month probation period. I'm not sure if this is possible since my alcohol level was about 0.15 or 0.16. I am hoping to apply to become a Teacher and the application for certification requires that I answer that: "I have not been convicted of a criminal offense nor do I have any criminal charges pending."
Thank you for asking your question on JustAnswer. The other Experts and I are working on your answer. By the way, it would help us to know:-Could you explain your situation a little more?1. When were you convicted of the DUI?2. Any other convictions?3. Have you actually been turned down due to the DUI?4. What state are you in?Thank you again for trusting us with your problem. Please reply as soon as possible so that we can finish answering your question.
1. DUI occurred on late November. Trails is set for late December.2. No other convictions.
3. I have not applied for the teacher certification program due to the question about "not been convicted of a criminal offense nor do I have any crimimal charges pending."
4. I am applying for teacher certification in the state of NJ and the DUI occured in PA (Philadelphia, PA).
That was like pulling teeth, but I finally found the magic statute. It can be found at N.J.S.A. 18A: 6-7.1, and here is a link: http://lis.njleg.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/om_isapi.dll?clientID=188134908&Depth=4&TD=WRAP&advquery=N.J.S.A.%2018A%3a%206-7.1&headingswithhits=on&infobase=statutes.nfo&rank=&softpage=Doc_Frame_Pg42&wordsaroundhits=2&x=35&y=15&zz=DUI is not listed as automatically disqualifying you. However, notice that there are a couple of other statutes referenced. You would need to also check those.Finally, as noted above, don't go through this without an attorney's assistance. You would want a lawyer that specializes in employment law with experience in the education code.For now, wait until you can speak with a local attorney and fight the DUI charge.I hope this has helped. Take Care.
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