If You're a Professional, Think Before You Drink in California

Posted by Neil Shouse | Jul 19, 2010 | 0 Comments

Obviously, suffering a California drunk driving conviction is never a good thing. You face substantial fines, participation in alcohol and/or drug education classes, car insurance repercussions, and…depending on the severity of the offense…sometimes even a jail or prison sentence.

But perhaps one of the harshest penalties is the possibility of losing…or never obtaining…a professional license. Whether you're convicted of a DUI, drug charge, theft charge, or almost any other California crime, your livelihood is at risk.

For example, the California Department of Real Estate may suspend or revoke your license for a DUI conviction…even if you have the conviction expunged or go so far as to obtain a pardon. And the California Department of Real Estate isn't the only agency that will suspend or revoke your license for a criminal conviction.

The medical profession, the dental board, attorneys, teachers…these are just a sample of the professions that discipline members for their criminal conduct. If you are arrested for any California crime, you should immediately consult with a California criminal defense attorney to protect yourself from these often unduly harsh penalties. Learn more about criminal arrests/convictions affecting professional licenses in California. (Also refer to our article, Professional Licenses and Criminal Convictions in California.)

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Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.


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