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.)