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DUI and Educators

High fines, jail time, and ignition interlock devices are not the only consequences that driving under the influence charges cause when you are a teacher, principal, or other educator in the Florida education system.

Upon arrest, a Florida educator will immediately be contacted by the Florida Department of Education regarding the criminal allegations and any potential disciplinary action.

Considering that our educators have the important task of informing and influencing our youth, it is in the State of Florida’s best interest to ensure that those educators are held to a high professional standard. Unfortunately, this could mean that one wrong choice can lead to serious career consequences.

Attorney for Teachers Charged with DUI in West Palm Beach, FL

If you or someone you know is a Florida educator and under investigation for driving under the influence, or if he or she is facing formal charges, contact an experienced West Palm Beach DUI attorney immediately.

The lawyers at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. fight for the rights of professionals who are charged with driving under the influence, and they fully understand how to argue to get the charges reduced, dropped, and get temporary hardship privileges.

Call Meltzer & Bell, P.A. at (561) 557-8686 for more information and to schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our attorneys.

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Criminally Investigating a Teacher

When an educator is under investigation for driving under the influence charges, the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Professional Practices (PPS) notifies the educator in writing that it was notified of the criminal offense and the potential consequences.

If the allegations are founded, the teacher could lose his or hers Florida Educator Certificate or be subject to suspension, job loss, or other disciplinary actions.

Understanding the investigation process and why having notice is important is crucial to fighting job loss or suspension.

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What is Considered Teacher or Educator Misconduct?

Teacher or educator misconduct generally concerns the educator’s activities that directly affect the students, or concerns conduct that occurs on school property. Some activities, especially those that are criminal in nature, fall within the purview of Florida Department of Education.

Specifically, misconduct can include misdemeanor or felony accusations, even criminal traffic allegations like drunk driving. Some examples of the types of criminal misconduct that PPS investigates includes the following:

Florida Statute § 1012.796 provides the legal authority for the Office of Professional Practice Services (PPS) to investigate misconduct allegations against educators.

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Additional Resources

§ 316.193 Fla. Stat. – Visit Online Sunshine, the official website of the Florida Legislature for more information about the penalties, punishments, and elements of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

What is Educator Misconduct? – Visit the Florida Department of Education website, dedicated to provided Florida education professionals with up-to-date information about Florida education policies and practices. The website provides information on criminal investigations against educators, including teachers, principals, and custodians. Also, find out how to check the status of an individual’s Florida Educator’s Certificate.

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Find an Attorney for Teachers Charged with Drunk Driving in Palm Beach County, FL

If you or someone you know is a Florida educator who has unfortunately found himself or herself subject to a criminal investigation for a drunk driving offense, then contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A..

Our lawyers are thorough litigators and experienced at defending educators and other professionals against the threat of professional license suspension.

We take cases throughout the Greater Miami Metropolitan Area in places like Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County, in Florida.

Call (561) 557-8686 now to schedule a free, no obligations consultation with Meltzer & Bell, P.A..

This article was last updated on Wednesday, August 30, 2017.


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