How A DUI Can Affect Your Professional License

March 16, 2020

If you are facing a charge or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) in the state of South Carolina, you may face more than your driver’s license being suspended. Along with substantial fines and jail time, you may also face severe consequences regarding your professional license. If you hold a professional license in the state of South Carolina, your career could be in jeopardy if you receive a DUI. 

Professional Licenses

Certain professions in the state of South Carolina require a license, such as doctors, nurses, chiropractors, dentists, real estate and insurance agents, and other professions. Most professional licenses require clean criminal records. If you are convicted for a DUI, you must report this conviction to your licensing agency, which will then make a determination if you will have a probation period or a temporary or permanent suspension of your professional license. 

Licensing Board Discipline

In some cases, your professional license will not be permanently revoked, however, you may face disciplinary measures including the following: 

  • Warning letters
  • Citations
  • Fines 
  • Community service
  • The requirement to enter a substance abuse treatment program 
  • Periodic drug or alcohol testing
  • Substance abuse education 
  • Limitation of professional duties for a period of time
  • Restrictions or supervision required 
  • Probation
  • Temporary or permanent license suspension

Other Challenges 

Finally, if you did receive a DUI, you may have also lost your driver’s license. If this is the case, you may struggle actually getting to work if you do not lose your professional license. Along with significant fines, you may also have an interlock ignition system placed in your car, as well as a requirement to do either community service or attend an alcohol education program. 

Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney 

If you are facing a DUI charge, you are likely concerned jail time, fines, the loss of a driver’s license, and the potential loss of your professional license. Contact an experienced DUI attorney to help you build a strong case, and help ensure that your legal rights are protected. The criminal attorneys at David Aylor Law Offices can help work with you regarding your DUI case. Contact us at (843) 212-2684 or online today.

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