The Issue:

An employment agency requested a background screening on an individual applying for a general labor position to see if the individual had any felony records.  Unfortunately, it was revealed that as a teenager, the applicant was convicted of vehicular manslaughter.

Action Taken by

The Agency directed us to search a particular county in Oklahoma. In doing so, we discovered a manslaughter charge, stemming from a vehicle accident, where alcohol was involved. Subsequently, a search of the Department of Corrections was conducted. This revealed a 23 year sentencefelony records that was suspended down to the 270 days already spent in jail, due to court ordered classes the individual participated in.

This individual was convicted of another DUI several years later, and sentenced to 2 years in prison, which was served.


This was a case of a teenager making a huge mistake at a very young age. Driving a vehicle while intoxicated, causing an accident, and consequently taking another’s life. provided the information the hiring agency was looking for, in order to make an informed decision.

Vehicular manslaughter is defined as the causing of another person’s death due to illegal driving of a vehicle.