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Professional Licenses and DUI Charges

Obtaining a professional license can take years and hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Most people realize that having a DUI conviction can result in his or hers driver’s license being suspended.

What most do not realize, however, is that professionals can also face having their professional licenses being restricted, suspended, and in the most serious cases, revoked.

Some professions, especially those where employees regularly deal with sensitive information, or have a high risk for abuse, have very high standards of accountability.

Attorney for DUI and Professional Licenses in West Palm Beach, FL

If you or someone you know is a doctor, lawyer, teacher, or some other professional, and you have been charged with a DUI, speak with an experienced DUI attorney.

The lawyers at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. are experienced DUI attorneys who handle license suspensions, DUI charges, and other DUI-related offenses for professionals throughout Palm Beach County, FL, and in the surrounding areas of Broward County and Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Call (561) 557-8686 now for more information about how an experienced DUI attorney could help you retain your professional license in the event of a DUI charge.

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Types of Professions Effected by DUI Charges

Not all professions are treated equally. Having a criminal DUI charges does not affect all professional licenses. In other instances, the professional licensing board will only require full disclosure.

Each profession treats driving under the influence charges differently.

JDs and Attorneys: the legal profession is one of the most unforgiving professions there is. When applying to law school, most law school applications require applicants to disclose any previous disciplinary actions by educational institutions or by law enforcement. Attorneys who are already licensed may face having his or her bar licenses suspended.

Educators:  educators and those individuals seeking to become educators should be aware of the collateral consequences associated with being convicted of a DUI in Florida. Once a case against a teacher or other educator has been opened, he or she will receive a formal notice from the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Professional Practice Services regarding the DUI.

Healthcare Professionals: healthcare professionals such as doctors and nurses also face serious consequences as a result of a DUI investigation. In some instances, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will request that a healthcare professional surrender his or her controlled substance privileges –this means that the doctor, nurse, or pharmacist will not longer be able to prescribe medication.

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DUI Offenses

In addition to the professional consequences that directly affect an individuals practicing license, the ability to travel to and from will be substantially impaired.

Those subject to DUI charges could face a multitude of punishments based on the number of times he or she has been convicted of DUI charges. Being convicted of driving under the influence in Florida for the first time could result in any of the following consequences:

  • Driver’s License Revocation – first time offenders can have their driver’s license suspended for up to twelve months;
  • Jail – first time offenders could face up to six (6) months in a Florida jail;
  • Vehicle Impounding – Florida law enforcement could impound an offender’s vehicle for up to ten (10) days;
  • DUI School – a convicted offender could be required to complete either Level I or II DUI school;
  • Ignition Interlock Devices – the court will impose an IID if the offender’s BAC was 0.15 or higher or if there was a minor passenger in the vehicle at the time of the offense;
  • Community Service – first time offenders can be subject to up to fifty (50) hours of community service.

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Find a Lawyer for DUI in Palm Beach County, FL

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI in West Palm Beach, Florida, and would like to learn more about having a DUI charge reduced to wet reckless, having adjudication withheld on a charge, or getting the charges completely dropped, then call us and speak with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A..

Our lawyers are dedicated and zealous professionals who have been practicing Florida law for years. With experience fighting DUI crimes in Miami and West Palm Beach, our attorneys have seen courtrooms all across South Florida.

Call (561) 557-8686 for more information about what our attorneys can do for your case.

This article was last updated on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.

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