HomeBlogDUI in CaliforniaCan I Lose My Professional License for a DUI Arrest?

If you are a licensed professional in the state of California, a DUI arrest can bring with it serious ramifications for your professional license. If you have provided your fingerprints to become professionally licensed, those fingerprints will be cross-referenced when or if you are booked in jail. The information about your arrest will be simultaneously transmitted and become known to your California Professional licensing board.  

 

Your arrest will be deemed “Unprofessional Conduct.” The severity of the criminal conduct, for instance, high blood alcohol level, accident, test results revealing controlled substances, or marijuana, injury to others, any aggravating factors such as these will influence not only the criminal court when issuing you a punishment but also your professional licensing board when they determine how to discipline your professional license. Depending upon the severity of your criminal charge, if you are arrested and convicted of a DUI you could also be facing suspension, probation, or revocation of your professional license. Please contact attorney Lucy S. McAllister and she will protect your professional license while simultaneously defending your DUI. Having 1 attorney who has 32 years in both areas of law is a far better solution. Do not be fooled, most criminal attorneys are not qualified with the correct experience to protect your professional license, although they may offer to help you. Call Lucy, you’ll understand how important it is to choose the right lawyer. 

For additional information or to schedule a consultation on licensing issue, please contact our law offices today at (310) 461-8140.

If your DUI involved violence against a person or indicated a substantial or repeated disregard for the health, safety, or welfare of the public there is a higher risk for you to have your professional license revoked. Do not let that happen, it doesn’t need to. 

 

In formal disciplinary actions held by your licensing Board, the Board can choose to suspend or revoke your professional license from a DUI conviction depending on the circumstances of your case. If this is not your first DUI conviction there is a higher risk for suspension or revocation of your license. What matters in  NOT WAITING to talk Lucy S. McAllister. The criminal citation can give you a first court date months down the road, but as a licensee  with a professional license you must be proactive to protect your livelihood immediately. 

 

If your DUI happened  before you become licensed, boards will take that under consideration when you become licensed. However, you could be perceived to be a candidate not worthy of licensure. While it is true, a past conviction is not grounds for an automatic denial of a professional license, you must still overcome the impact of this conviction. You will need the assistance of Lucy S. McAllister  professional licensing attorney when you disclose the conviction.  We can help you explain the DUI and demonstrate all the positive accomplishments since. ( Failing to disclose of course  is the worst choice you can make.)

Registered Nurse

If you are a registered nurse that has been arrested with a DUI it will be considered like a complaint to the BRN. It is deemed a form of “unprofessional conduct”.  This could lead to suspension or probation of your license. It is possible for the board to take stronger disciplinary actions like revoking your license depending on the situational evidence as described above. 

Licensed Vocational Nurse

The disciplinary process for the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT) will perform an investigation once the internal  complaint has been filed because of the DUI arrest. They can choose to take either formal or informal disciplinary action. Informal discipline could include a citation but this will depend on the expertise of the attorney who has helped you with your disclosure.  In formal disciplinary action, the board can choose to suspend or revoke your professional license from a DUI conviction depending on the circumstances of your case. 

For additional information or to schedule a consultation on licensing issue, please contact our law offices today at (310) 461-8140.

Real Estate Agent

If you are convicted of a DUI while licensed  or before , the California Department of Real Estate can choose to suspend or revoke your license after a disciplinary investigation. It is possible with the right attorney with the DRE to negotiate a far better outcome and perhaps a dismissal. 

Insurance Agent

Depending on the circumstances of your case, there is the potential for formal discipline including having your license suspended or revoked. 

The Enforcement Bureau of the California Department of Insurance is responsible for advising and making decisions about disciplinary actions. While you might lose your license or suffer any formal discipline, you are required to report your conviction to the CDI. 

Construction

The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) believes in the importance of rehabilitation. There is a seven year rule for felony convictions and a three year rule for misdemeanor convictions. If you have been convicted, after seven or three years of no further additional criminal activity you are considered rehabilitated and can regain your license.

However, a new DUI conviction can put your license at risk. Depending on the severity of the conviction and if this is your first DUI or not, you could be facing informal or formal discipline. 

Chiropractic

The Board of Chiropractic Examiners considers a DUI to be substantially related to the practice of chiropractic care. It is considered unprofessional conduct and is punishable through disciplinary action. Each case is reviewed by the board and they consider the full aspects of the case including the arrest records, court records, and your written response about the circumstances of the event. The formal disciplinary action can lead to a probation, suspense, or revocation of your license.

Get qualified help today Do NOT try to represent yourself there is too much at stake. We can help you turn this around. 

Each state board has a formal process of discipline, including the option for you to defend your case on your own which  would be a mistake. Lucy S. McAllister can answer all your questions and you will KNOW you’ve made the smart choice.