Whether you are a nurse, doctor, insurance broker, or a real estate agent,
you have worked hard to build a reputation, and more importantly a career.
You may not realize it but a night out on the town drinking with friends
or colleagues, or a few too many glasses of wine at dinner can have devastating
affects upon your professional license.
If up until now you have believed that a California DUI conviction would
have zero effect on your professional license, think again. For instance,
if you happen to be in the nursing field, a single
DUI can lead to disciplinary action on your license.
CA DUIs & the Healthcare Industry
In the past, the California Board of Registered Nursing has sought to place
nurses with one DUI conviction on probation, with conditions that include
the likes of random bodily fluid testing, abstaining from alcohol, and
attendance at local Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
If you are a doctor, it doesn’t get much better. If you have more
than one misdemeanor DUI, or if you have a felony DUI on your record,
these could affect your physician’s license. Especially in the healthcare
field, DUIs are routinely the basis for disciplinary action against healthcare
A DUI can impair a healthcare professional from becoming a Medicare or
Medi-cal approved provider, and a DUI has been known to directly impact
a physician’s employment since many medical offices and hospitals
prefer to hire only doctors with spotless, untarnished records.
Other Professional Licenses
What if you are an insurance broker or a real estate agent, can a DUI conviction
affect your professional license? Yes, absolutely. The Department of Real
Estate and the Department of Insurance frown upon DUIs, and the agencies
argue that DUIs reflect upon a person’s judgment and character.
Both agencies have been known to use a DUI conviction to revoke or deny
an agent’s license.
Are you worried about how a DUI conviction would affect your professional
license? If so, don’t hesitate to
contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., Orange County’s premier DUI defense firm!