Chance me: criminal history

GooMan

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Hi all. I'm sure this has been gone over a million times, and I apologize if so.

I have a 5 year old DUI. At one point in my life I abused alcohol frequently and had some fallout. Made some terrible decisions. I have about 6 months experience as an EMT from 2013.

I'm thinking about going back to EMS. What are my chances at this point?

Also, I know the field is big on integrity and moral character. Let me assure you, my personal growth since my DUI has been considerable; transformative in fact. I can prove it with numerous references. Since then, I have kicked the bottle and all mood altering substances, I have done a bunch of volunteer work, I give to charity, go to church (got baptized), and seek to uplift my community in every way possible. I am not the same person. Not even close. I would not be inquiring if I didn't truly believe in my strong moral character today.
 

mgr22

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Others with criminal histories have found jobs in EMS. Don't lie when you're answering interview or application questions, but don't feel that you have to answer questions that aren't asked.

You don't have to justify your plans to anyone here, but I do suggest you consider whether EMS contributed to your problems last time, and whether it's safe for you to re-enter an extremely stressful environment with many enabling factors.
 

GooMan

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Others with criminal histories have found jobs in EMS. Don't lie when you're answering interview or application questions, but don't feel that you have to answer questions that aren't asked.

You don't have to justify your plans to anyone here, but I do suggest you consider whether EMS contributed to your problems last time, and whether it's safe for you to re-enter an extremely stressful environment with many enabling factors.
Thank you.

Yes, I have considered that. I had an alcohol issue long before EMS. I work in a high stress environment right now, the mental health field, and I deal with mental health crisis regularmy. I have developed a very healthy way of coping. My self care is top notch. Self care is crucial to us in the helping professions. The stress of EMS certainly gave me an excuse to drink, but for the most part I was indulging in a problem that was already there.
 

PotatoMedic

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The longer you have between you and the DUI the better. And it is even better if you have regular car insurance and no sr-22 as that makes you easier to insure.
 
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