DUI convictions can have severe consequences for individuals holding professional licenses in Florida. These consequences can go beyond criminal penalties.
A DUI conviction can jeopardize the career of any licensed professional.
License review and disciplinary actions
Following a DUI conviction, professional licensing boards in Florida may review an individual’s fitness to hold a license. Licensing boards may perceive a DUI conviction as a breach of fundamental principles. The board may suspend or, in more severe cases, revoke a professional license. This can destroy an individual’s career.
Licensing boards in Florida often require professionals to report any criminal convictions promptly. Failure to report a DUI conviction can lead to additional disciplinary actions, compounding the negative impact on one’s professional standing. For example, the Florida Board of Physical Therapy requires licensees to report all criminal charges.
Professional reputation and employability
Beyond the legal implications, a DUI conviction can tarnish an individual’s professional reputation. Employers, colleagues and clients may be hesitant to work with someone who has this stain on their record.
While the consequences of a DUI conviction on a professional license can be severe, there are steps individuals can take to mitigate the impact. Licensing boards may ease up on penalties to a professional who seeks rehabilitation programs, demonstrates remorse and adheres to any court-mandated requirements.
Professionals in Florida must be acutely aware of the potential ramifications a DUI conviction can have on their professional licenses. Drinking responsibly and avoiding driving while intoxicated will prevent these career-damaging scenarios.