...but I haven't been able to google anything pertinent to my particular situation. Unlike many of the DUI posts which relate to recent conviction, mine is 10+ years ago from when I was 18. I know that this very serious mistake will stain my record for the remainder of my life, but I am hoping to move past who I was in my youth and become the person I need and want to be. Will this past conviction prevent me from getting certified as an EMT? And also, will it prevent me from getting hired in California? My ultimate goal is to become a paramedic. I fully expect many harsh and blunt responses here, as I know what occurred was dangerous and irresponsible, but I remain hopeful that not all is lost.