This question appears on many applications for employment and im not sure how to answer it ...
"Have you been convicted of, or pleaded no contest to a traffic violation of any kind within the last FIVE year?"
The only car involved incident ive been involved in within the last 5 years is a DUI.
So my question is whether or not a DUI is a "traffic violation"?
would extremely appreciate an answer to this.
4 Answers from Attorneys
The short answer is yes. DUI is a violation of the California Vehicle Code. However, on most applications they also ask if you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony. If the appplication in question asks for either/both misdemeanor or felony, that is where you would answer yes and provide an explaination if requested.
A DUI is listed in Vehicle Code section 23152(a) or (b), so yes, it's a traffic violation.
I've seen similar questions on applications before - make sure you are reading it correctly. Often, employers will ask about convictions for misdemeanors or felonies (your DUI is a misdemeanor), but will exclude "minor traffic matters."
If you can wait before submitting that application, you may want to look into getting your conviction dismissed (some call it an expungement, but it doesn't really erase it from your record) so that you don't have to disclose it by law.
There are some limitations and other issues surrounding a dismissal, but it may help you on the path to getting the job you're applying for. A local criminal defense attorney in the county where your DUI conviction was can assist.
Of course it is, and one of the most serious of 'traffic' violations.