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Will a DUI Stop Me From Getting a Dental Hygiene License?

If you were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Orange County, California, and intending on getting a dental hygiene license, you may be concerned that a “black mark” on your record will thwart your career plans – and that’s understandable!

In Orange County and throughout the state of California, Registered Dental Hygienists (RDHs) are licensed by the Dental Hygiene Committee of California. Not only are applicants expected to pass a clinical and written examination in California dental law, but they must pass a criminal history investigation in order to receive their license.

Dental Hygiene Committee Will Look at Your DUI

As is the case with almost all professional licensing boards, the Dental Hygiene Committee of California will look closely at your DUI. However, they will look at the totality of the circumstances and they will consider:

  • How long ago did it happen?
  • How high was the blood alcohol concentration (BAC)?
  • Was there any property damage?
  • Was anybody hurt?
  • Was there a child in the vehicle?
  • Did you go to rehab?
  • Do you have any prior convictions?
  • Have you been arrested since the DUI?

Regardless of the circumstances of your DUI, it is critical that you be upfront and honest. It’s important to remember that licenses will NOT be issued unless you have a criminal history clearance from the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Whether you are facing charges for DUI, or have already been convicted, consulting with an Orange County DUI attorney from our firm can help tremendously. After reviewing the details of your case, we can advise you on what steps can be taken to improve your chances of passing the criminal background check.

Don’t risk your training and career – contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to discuss the details of your case for free. We are proud members of the National College for DUI Defense.