How A DUI Can Affect Your Professional License in Florida
A first conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) in the state of Florida may bring with it up to 6 months in jail, up to 12 months of probation, a license suspension for a minimum of 6 up to 12 months, a minimum fine of $500, community service hours, DUI school, vehicle impoundment, and the installation of an ignition interlock device. However, if you are facing a DUI charge in the state of Florida and have a license for your profession, you may face even more harsh penalties. You may lose your ability to work and your professional license, which could either temporarily or permanently derail your career.
Professions Licensed By The State of Florida
There are certain professions that require a license in the state of Florida. Some of these professions include doctors, lawyers, accountants, pharmacists, educators, engineers, mental health professionals, insurance agents, real estate agents, dentists, lawyers, airline pilots, law enforcement officials, and other professionals. If your profession requires a license from the state of Florida, you may have additional challenges after a DUI charge other than those imposed by the court.
Licensing Board Discipline
In many cases, your professional license may be revoked if you receive a DUI conviction. If you are a professional and hold a professional license to perform your job, you should immediately research the DUI policy that your institution holds regarding DUI convictions and the ability to retain and keep your license active. Even if your professional license is not completely revoked, other disciplinary measures could include the following:
- Warning letters or citations
- The requirement to perform community service
- Substance abuse treatment program
- Periodic drug or alcohol testing
- Limitation of professional duties for a period of time
- Restrictions or supervision required during the course of your professional duties
- Temporary or permanent license suspension
The state licensing board for your particular professional will make a final determination regarding whether or not to pursue sanctions against you over your DUI conviction. It is possible you may lose your ability to practice your profession for a period of time following your conviction.
Even if you are allowed to keep your professional license, you will still have additional challenges. In most DUI cases, a driver’s license is suspended for a period of time. If you have had your driver’s license revoked you will have challenges actually getting to and from work.
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The court will impose serious and harsh penalties for DUI convictions in the state of Florida. Along with possible jail time and fines, if you are a professional, you may lose your professional license to work in your profession. If you are facing a DUI charge, contact the experienced Fort Lauderdale criminal attorneys at the offices of Joyce A. Julian, P.A. at 954-467-6656 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and how to prevent your DUI conviction so that you do not lose your professional license.