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Can I lose my professional license in California for a DUI?
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 county jail or prison sentence. But is there a worry about losing a professional license?
1. How does a California DUI impact a person’s professional license?
Perhaps one of the harshest penalties with a DUI charge 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.
2. What professions discipline drunk driving?
As an 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 is not 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.
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, 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.