I'm not sure if my perspective is semantics or cultural but I struggle with hearing criminal activity (DUI, DWI, theft, felony charges etc...) referred to as I made a "mistake". Often this is followed by, or responded to, with "everybody makes mistakes". But the reality is everybody doesn't have a criminal record. To me a crime is a choice (with any number of circumstances that made that choice make sense at the moment), but it is choice. To me when one does something knowingly and intentionally wrong (and I think everyone knows that DUI, DWI, theft, any crime is wrong ) it isn't a mistake. As I said maybe it is semantics but a mistake to me implies one did something wrong unintentionally. For example if I unknowingly put salt instead of sugar in my tea i would say I put salt in by mistake; however if I knowingly went and got the salt and intentionally put salt in my tea I wouldn't say I put salt in my mistake, to me that was an informed choice to put salt in. The same is true if one chooses to get behind the wheel after drinking or chooses to do something illegal - it is an informed choice. A choice that shows a lack of judgement or a lack of impulse control or a lack of insight but a choice none the less. I guess I see so many posts on here where people can't get hired. I personally would hire someone with a long ago record of a non violent, one time charge if they took responsibility for it and could explain what they had put in place to avoid further lapses in judgment, impulse control etc. The minute I hear the word - mistake they go on my no hire pile. I need to hire someone who can take responsibility for their actions, and who has good judgment, good critical thinking skills, good impulse control etc...for safety and professional reasons. Someone who sees their criminal actions as an 'oops' or a 'mistake' isn't someone I would trust to have those qualities.Where I live too DUI and DWI is a serious offense, it isn't something that is shrugged off, seen as no big deal, or something everybody does. Based on the posts here my impression is that in parts of the U.S a DUI or DWI is really no big deal to most people and only a major inconvenience because of the barriers to registration/employment. That is a very foreign attitude for me because culturally where I am it is taken very seriously and not acceptable in any way. Therefore again if anyone minimized their DUI and DWI to me and indicated frustration that the BON was taking it seriously the way some posts on here express - that would also be an automatic no hire for me.So I guess my question is - is this semantics - does mistake for you mean something different than it does for me? And as to the everybody makes 'mistakes' comments - do you believe that everyone commits crimes and some people just don't get caught? Do you differentiate at all between an unintentional mistake and a crime?