Hello, and thanks for taking the time to view my (rather unfortunate) first post. I am a prospective teacher who has just finished my student teaching and applied for my license with my state BoE. I am currently not working in a school, but am planning on applying for jobs after the current semester ends. Unfortunately, I made the decision to drive home after having a few drinks at a friend's place while watching a football game a couple of weeks ago. I was pulled over and arrested on suspicion of DUI, had my blood taken for a BAC test (the results have not come back yet, but my level of intoxication was light), and spent the night in jail. The whole ordeal has caused me to reflect deeply on my decision that night and how I must hold myself to a higher standard if I wish to be an effective classroom teacher. I have also vowed to use the experience to better educate adolescents on the dangers of not only alcohol and getting behind the wheel, but the idea of taking responsibility for one's actions and using mistakes as a learning experience. I have no prior criminal history, have a long history of volunteering with students (as a volunteer football coach), and several letters of recommendation from longtime educators that I have worked with in the past. My question is, will employers automatically dismiss my application as soon as they see the term "DUI," or will they take into account my previously spotless record and history of volunteerism as evidence that this is a one-time mistake? Also, my license is still pending my "personal affirmation." One of the questions asks if I have ever been convicted of a crime. If I have not yet been convicted (or even arraigned yet, as my court date isn't until next week), should I answer yes or no? Thank you.