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Can I lose my professional license for a DUI?

If your profession requires you to hold a license, you may be concerned about the various factors that can impact your license or licensing and prevent you from practicing. Driving under the influence, or DUI, is one factor that can have a negative effect on your professional license.

Depending on your profession and its particular regulations for licensure, a DUI may result in the loss of your license and the subsequent inability to practice your profession, which can be financially and professionally devastating. That is why it is important to understand how a DUI may impact your license and the ways you can avoid this scenario or mitigate the negative consequences of it.

Professional licenses and DUI

At the heart of the issue is the regulating board for your profession and its policies and regulations regarding DUI arrests and convictions. It is important to understand that a DUI conviction, even for a first offense, can bring with it not only fines, but also a misdemeanor or felony charge and subsequent criminal record. Authorities may also revoke your Oklahoma driver license.

Professional licensing boards generally want to know if you have ever been convicted of a crime. Once you have a DUI conviction, you will likely have to share this information prior to getting or renewing your license, and maintaining a clean criminal record may be a condition of keeping your professional license.

What happens next

The way you will most likely find out that your professional license is in jeopardy is when your professional licensing board sends you a letter informing you that a disciplinary matter is underway. You should not ignore or underestimate this matter. Your professional license is at stake, and you must move forward with a strategic defense. 

The next step is to inform yourself fully about the particulars of the matter against you and how you can defend yourself. Each professional licensing board has different regulations that govern its specific licenses, and the matter against you will also depend on the specifics of your DUI charge or conviction. 

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