Can a DUI Affect a Medical Career?

If you’re like most people, you already know that a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) can lead to a driver license suspension, but that’s not the only kind of license that can be suspended or revoked for DUI. In fact, a DUI can affect many types of professional licenses, especially those in the medical field.

DUI has the standard consequences – fines, AA classes, driver license suspension, an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) requirement, DUI School, and probation, but for people who work in healthcare, it can have devastating consequences affecting their professional license, not to mention their medical career.


Are you a nurse in California? If you are convicted of a single DUI, even a misdemeanor DUI, your license can be disciplined as a result. In recent years, the California Board of Registered Nursing has placed nurses with single DUI convictions on strict probation. Some of their probationary terms included abstaining from drugs and alcohol, random drug and alcohol testing, and mandatory attendance at Alcohol Anonymous meetings.

In many instances, a single DUI can be considered “unprofessional conduct” when committed by a nurse; therefore, it can lead to the disciplining of a license. And if you’re a doctor, it doesn’t get much better. If you’re a physician and you have more than one DUI conviction, or if you have a single felony DUI on your record, it can lead to disciplinary action on your physician’s license.

Essentially, in the healthcare field, DUIs are frowned upon and they are frequently the catalyst for discipline directed towards healthcare professionals. Additionally, a DUI can affect a doctor’s ability to be a MediCare or Medical-approved provider, and it can negatively affect the doctor’s employment status and options.

Are you a healthcare professional who is facing DUI charges in Orange County? If so, contact our firm to work with a Board-CertifiedDUI defense specialist.

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