Impact of a DUI Charge or Conviction on Occupational and Professional Licenses

Impact of a DUI Charge or Conviction on Occupational and Professional Licenses

While most people know that a DUI arrest or conviction can result in the suspension or revocation of one’s driver’s license, many are unaware that a DUI arrest or conviction also can result in the denial, suspension or revocation of an occupational or professional license.

Here is a list of some of the occupations/professions potentially affected by DUI arrest or conviction:

  • Attorneys
  • Judges
  • Pilots
  • Medical Doctors, Chiropractors, Occupational Therapists, Nurses
  • Anyone Licensed by the Board of Medical Quality Assurance
  • Insurance Brokers
  • Auto Salespersons/Dealers
  • Real Estate Brokers
  • Certified Public Accountants
  • Public School Teachers
  • Military and Other Government Employees

Licensing boards, the state agencies that oversee the licenses of various occupations and professions, are allowed by law to discipline a person holding one of these licenses (“licensees”) who has been convicted of a crime that is “substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of the business or profession for which the license was issued.”

Licensing boards are also allowed to deny a license to an applicant based upon a conviction of a crime.  (Note: A “no contest” plea or expungement in a DUI case does not relieve a licensee from discipline or prevent denial of a license due to a conviction.)

Some occupations/professions, like pilots and doctors, require the licensee to report their own arrests and convictions for DUI to the appropriate board. In other cases, a conviction is reported to the appropriate board by the court.

It is strongly recommended that you consult with an attorney who handles licensing board issues, as they are very different from the criminal case.