Being convicted of driving under the influence in Pennsylvania has a big impact on both your personal and professional lives. The consequences of DUI can be especially harsh if you have or are seeking a professional license. However, good people make mistakes and competent representation by a DUI attorney who is experienced in handling professional licensure issues can ensure that your legal rights will be fought for.
Will I Have to Disclose a DUI Conviction to My Licensing Board?
Many health care workers, medical personnel, child care providers, financial and real estate professionals, commercial drivers and pilots, and other professionals do not always realize the consequences that a DUI conviction can have on their professional license. Thus, if you are a professional license holder in Pennsylvania, it’s important to hire an attorney early in your case to vie for a favorable outcome. Not only will an experienced DUI attorney be able to help you with the administrative (DMV hearing) and criminal stages of your case, but can also assist you with theprofessional licensing disciplinary board hearings.
Professionals whose Pennsylvania licenses may be affected by a DUI conviction:
- Commercial Drivers
- Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)
- Stock Brokers
Persons employed in the jobs above are required to disclose whether your have been convicted of DUI in the state of Pennsylvania. Each licensing board has its own disclosure requirements and disciplinary procedures. A knowledgeable drunk driving attorney, who is experienced in handling DUI professional licensure issues, can help you keep your license and your livelihood. Applicants for any of the above-listed licenses may also be required to report a DUI conviction in their initial application, which may trigger further investigation into the moral character and fitness of the applicant.
Been Arrested for DUI? Free Legal Consultation
At The Law Offices of Steven E. Kellis, I understand that the stakes are high when a professional license holder has been charged with DUI. As a professional license holder myself, I know how important this licensure is your livelihood. You can count on me to provide you with zealous and aggressive legal representation. The first step to protecting your professional license is to fight the DUI arrest itself. To this end, there may be defenses available to you that may result in the charges being dismissed altogether, enrolling you in ARD, or entering a plea to have your charge reduced to a lesser offense. The defenses that may be available to you depend on your specific facts and circumstances, and there is no way of knowing how to best defend against your DUI until I have met with you and reviewed your case. Contact me today to schedule a free consultation. You can reach me by filling out the form right here on my website, or by calling me 24 hours a day. I know that you have choices when it comes to selecting a DUI attorney to represent you, and look forward to helping you through this difficult time.