Criminal Defense

Will a DUI Affect my Professional or Medical License?

October 10, 2017 by Seppi Esfandi in Criminal Defense  Rights   Leave a Comment
Thumbnail for: Will a DUI Affect my Professional or Medical License?

Disciplinary Consequences

We all know that failure to take care of a DUI properly, and a subsequent DUI conviction may result in your driver’s license being suspended. However, some people forget that if you’re licensed through the state as a skilled professional, then you could be facing additional penalties beyond the court and DMV process.

Not all jobs require a professional license, but those that involve particularly skilled or sensitive work do, as well as those that require a sense of gravitas. This is why some professional licensing bodies will discipline a member who is convicted of DUI. In some cases, the person could even lose their license and their ability to practice their chosen profession.

So in short, it might.

Professions that May be Affected

Regulatory boards may pursue disciplinary actions following a DUI conviction for the following licensed professions (and possibly more). You do not need to notify the board if you were charged with a DUI, but if convicted it may be necessary to notify the board or bureau of each profession.

STATE LICENSED MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS

  • Medical professionals: doctors, surgeons and physicians
  • Nurses, CRNAs and anesthesiologists
  • Nursing students
  • Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
  • Mental health therapists
  • Other hospital / medical personnel
  • Dentists

OTHER STATE LICENSED PROFESSIONALS

  • Pilots
  • Teachers or Principals
  • Lawyers
  • Police Officers
  • Certified Accountants
  • Insurance Agents
  • Realtors
  • Civil Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Locksmiths
  • Business License Owners
  • Social Workers, other Government Workers

Best to speak with a qualified attorney concerning your specific case, as there are many solutions available in order for you to avoid losing your license. Avoiding the conviction being at the top.

Some Specifics

Medical Professionals

Business and Professions Code (section 2239) empowers the Medical Board of California to discipline a physician or nurse for dangerous use of alcoholic beverages or drugs. Even a conviction of a misdemeanor offense involving the consumption of alcohol or dangerous drugs, or a California DUI “constitutes unprofessional conduct” and that the record of conviction “is conclusive evidence of such unprofessional conduct”. A conviction in this instance can be a single drunk driving conviction or even a “wet reckless” conviction. Furthermore, if the bureau can prove a violation based upon evidence conducting their own investigation, a conviction may not be required.

Teachers or Principals

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) maintains high standards in ensuring the moral fitness of its credential holders. A first time misdemeanor DUI with no other factors does not create the type of problematic fitness situation the Committee would seek disciplinary action upon. However, a single incident certainly needs to be dealt with properly and expeditiously to preserve your rights, and maintain a good record over time.

On the other hand, Repeated DUI offenses will certainly have serious adverse effects that are likely to result in the revocation or suspension of your teaching credentials with the Commission. Legal representation is absolutely crucial in protecting your career.

Insurance Agents, Realtors, Contractors, Etc

For other types of licenses, some serious criminal offenses may result in automatic denial, suspension or revocation of your professional business license, but a single DUI (especially those unaccompanied by accident, injury, death, property damage, hit and run, or child involvement) won’t trigger ‘mandatory discipline’. However, in order for the disciplinary action to take place, there will be a discretionary review by a board or committee, which will in turn decide the fate of your license.

Locksmiths

Locksmiths have to maintain a clean criminal record, because they’re entrusted with access to people’s homes and businesses. Even though a DUI does not particularly imply dishonesty, it can cost you your license if convicted.

Conclusion

If you are faced with criminal charges as well as revocation or suspension of your professional license, you need to hire an attorney who has experience handling both criminal cases and professional licensing defense. The outcome of your criminal DUI case has significant implications for the outcome your licensing case.

Don’t panic. Let us help and get you a FREE consultation 24/7. Call us and get your free consultation today.

Call Us: 310-274-6529

Seppi Esfandi is an expert in Criminal Law who has over 17 years of practice defending a variety of criminal cases.

Read our Client Reviews

Criminal Defense Help

  • The Difference Between Direct vs. Circumstantial Evidence

    The Difference Between Direct vs. Circumstantial Evidence

    The Burden of Proof In Criminal Law, the ‘People’ represented by the District Attorney must prove a defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in order to obtain a conviction of the crime. The prosecution must divulge to the criminal defense attorney all relevant discovery material well in advance, including the evidence they intend to bring... Read More »
  • Driving on Drugs:   DUID Fatalities Surge

    Driving on Drugs: DUID Fatalities Surge

    Nationwide Drugged Driving Fatalities For the first time, there are now more drivers killed that are positive for drugs than those who were positive for alcohol. Nationwide, 43% of drivers that were tested in fatal crashes had used drugs, eclipsing the 37% who tested above the legal limit for alcohol in 2015, according to a... Read More »
  • Do You Need to Take a Field Sobriety Test

    Do You Need to Take a Field Sobriety Test

    Should I take a Field Sobriety Test? After reading question after question regarding field sobriety tests and whether or not they are necessary to take, I took it upon myself to answer these questions here. In short, no.  It is not required to take a field sobriety test if you get pulled over for a... Read More »
  • Will a DUI Affect my Professional or Medical License?

    Will a DUI Affect my Professional or Medical License?

    Disciplinary Consequences We all know that failure to take care of a DUI properly, and a subsequent DUI conviction may result in your driver’s license being suspended. However, some people forget that if you’re licensed through the state as a skilled professional, then you could be facing additional penalties beyond the court and DMV process.... Read More »
  • Criminal Defense Attorney Fees:  Why Such Disparities?

    Criminal Defense Attorney Fees: Why Such Disparities?

    Criminal Defense Lawyers: The Good and The Bad After being arrested, you may find yourself going through the arduous task of hiring a criminal defense attorney. After contacting several, you may be asking yourself “How can some attorneys charge as little as $699 while others charge as much as $10,000?” Unsurprisingly, the answer is the... Read More »
  • What is a “Wet Reckless” Plea Bargain?

    What is a “Wet Reckless” Plea Bargain?

    Wet and Reckless “Vehicle Code 23103.5 – If the prosecution agrees to a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to a charge of a violation of Section 23103 in satisfaction of, or as a substitute for, an original charge of a violation of Section 23152, the prosecution shall state for the record a factual basis... Read More »
  • Cybercrime in California: It’s Complicated

    Cybercrime in California: It’s Complicated

    The term “cybercrime” often evokes an image of someone in a foreign country hacking a major government agency when, in reality, cybercrime in California covers a wide range of conduct. This is in addition to any federal crimes that can be committed using the Internet. Common Types of Cybercrime Accessing a device or its data... Read More »
  • Los Angeles Jails, California Prisons Failing: Corruption and Overcrowding

    Los Angeles Jails, California Prisons Failing: Corruption and Overcrowding

    Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca stands in front of an overcrowded Los Angeles jail cell. He was sentenced to three years in federal prison on May 12th, 2017 for attempting to cover up evidence of inmate abuse during an FBI investigation. Corruption and Inmate Abuse In 2011, the FBI started a covert investigation into... Read More »

Gerardo C.

Seppi was amazing, one of the nicest persons I've met. He was very professional and handled my case like so. He assured me from the beginning what he was going to be able to do for me and always was truthful. He always answered my phone calls and when he didn't he would respond to my voicemails promptly as well communicate via text. The fees were very reasonable. I never had to go to court and he fixed everything for me. I will definitely recommend him to my friends and family.

Anthony M.

I was facing 2 felony counts which included 2 strikes on my record. Each count was a sentence of 2-4 years in state prison. I was looking at 2 counts which could have sent me to jail for a maximum of 8 years. The DA was trying to offer me a lesser misdemeanor charge and Mr. Esfandi advised me to deny their offer and he assured me of a better outcome. MY CASE WAS DISMISSED! I told my girlfriend this is a blessing from God, and she said no it wasn't, you had a great lawyer! Thank you Seppi for doing an outstanding job. You saved my life!

Evan N.

This was the first time that I had to choose an attorney for anything. I am very thankful that I end up choosing Seppi Esfandi. The outcome of my brothers case was perfect and beyond fair with no jail time! I believe that without Seppi, my brother would had definitely been charged with a felony and served jail time. My family is extremely pleased with the professionalism that the Law Office of Seppi Esfandi had provided during the case. The paralegal, Jorge, was very friendly, professional, and I could immediately tell that they cared about our family situation. THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN!

Courtney M.

I've never been in a situation where I needed a lawyer before. Seppi has been highly communicative, proactive and knowledgeable as well as affordable. He is very personable and listens to you, as well as makes you feel comfortable with the process. I felt such relief after choosing him. The best part? He got my case dismissed! I highly recommend him.

Amber B.

Meeting with Seppi Esfandi was the first step in the right direction after a big setback. He is professional, honest, generous, and has passion for what he does. He quickly and effectively answered every single question I had regarding my case and went above and beyond to help me. Esfandi did not stop fighting for me until he saw results in my case - I am so appreciative and grateful for all of his dedication and passion.

Carrie P.

Seppi was the first attorney I have ever hired and will be the only one I ever hire! My kids father was looking at 4 years prison and he got him down to 180 days and back to probation. So instead of prison time he is staying in county to only serve around 90 days. There were more then one cases and even though Seppi could've have charged more to help extra he made sure the other case was done right. He was very attentive and caring and didn't have very bad pricing considering. Thank you so much Seppi!

Miguel T.

I was facing two felony charges Seppi was able to bring it down to a 1 misdemeanor, the other charge was dropped, i did not have to do any jail time and I did not have register. I'm very pleased with Seppi's help and also Jorge who was there from the day I called. I would highly recommend Seppi if you are in need of any legal help.

Cindy F.

Seppi and Shaun were by far the nicest people I have dealt with. I had a complicated situation with terrible prosecutors thinking just because I had a DUI, it automatically makes me a loser, a drunk, a terrible person - we all make mistakes. Seppi was able to get my case dismissed at one courthouse, and at the second was able to have me get the minimum sentence. I was scared from the get-go, but he was very supportive, especially after my mom passed. I would recommend Seppi and the Firm to my family/friends (heaven forbid they ever end up in my situation).

Britney D.

Seppi was awesome. He will answer his phone at 10pm on a Saturday or any other time you need him. The decision to hire him was obvious. I've never been in legal trouble before and he made me feel very comfortable and assured throughout the entire situation. I actually relocated to northern California before the case ended and he was able to handle everything for me from a distance. I did not have to fly back to LA once. As far as LA lawyers go I found him priced at the going rate and money very well spent. I cannot not speak for more serious offenders, but for my situation, it was perfect.

Johanna D.

Seppi was great. He helped me get through one of the most stressful and frightening moments in my life. He answered nearly every question I had & if he was unable to answer at the moment, he made sure to follow-up with me as soon as he had the answer and/or information I needed. Since this was my first time ever in a legal situation, I was scared and confused. Seppi definitely helped me get through it. With his willingness to listen to me and with his expertise, I felt comforted & at ease knowing I had his assistance.

Amanda P.

Seppi is the best lawyer!! I was charged with a felony and he told me that it was a felony strike but that he would work hard for me. I knew to get him on my case because of the way he presented himself, i could tell he was a good lawyer. my case got dismissed after he went to court with me a few times. I am so thankful to Seppi for helping me.

Defense Expertise

Recent Victories

Loading Quotes...

Videos:  Criminal Defense Attorney Seppi Esfandi

Best law firms