Consequences of DUI convictions are very serious, and they can definitely affect every aspect of your life. If you are a nurse, doctor, dentist, surgeon or another healthcare professional, getting arrested for DUI can seriously jeopardize your career and healthcare license. It is not unknown that drunk driving laws DC are very strict, but the situation for healthcare workers may even be a little bit worse. If you are facing DUI charges, even if you are not convicted in the end, the arrest may have an impact on your license.
How Can DUI Arrest Affect Your Healthcare License?
By being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances, you automatically become eligible for the ARD program, also known as Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition program. ARD is a preliminary probation program that if completed successfully, allows your record to be completely erased from something unwanted or unpleasant (such as the fact you have been arrested for drunk driving). However, depending on your case, even if you complete the program in the best possible manner, you may have to notify your licensing board of this arrest. To ensure you reach the most positive outcome of the case and protect your healthcare license, you must hire a qualified DUI attorney.
The laws change a lot every year, and it is very important to keep up to date with all changes that may affect you in some way. A few years ago, the licensing board would be notified of an arrest only when a license disclosed the arrest or when the holder of the license asks for his/hers renewal of the permit. Nowadays, the licensing boards perform their own investigations enabling them to learn of the arrests of healthcare professionals much earlier. If the board becomes aware of your arrest, you will receive a PHMP letter also known as Professional Health Monitoring Program letter. Receiving this latter is not good because it means you will probably suffer from some type of impairment or face some penalties. If you receive a PHMP, it is crucial to hire an attorney before you answer the letter. A DUI attorney will give you the necessary legal advice, explain your options to you and prepare your criminal defense. It is also crucial not to give any information about the arrest to the PHMP before consulting a lawyer. If formal disciplinary charges are brought, the board will use all the information they have against you.
Where to Quickly Find a Lawyer?
If you have been arrested for DUI, it is crucial to contact a qualified attorney as soon as you can. Don’t wait to be contacted by the licensing board because it may already be too late to prepare a proper defense. A DUI conviction will leave a permanent mark on your career and life. Not only your healthcare license will be placed on probation, but you may also permanently lose the right to participate in many healthcare programs. Don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule a free consultation today! Also, for more information, please visit our website.