DWI charges carry potentially serious criminal consequences for every person. However, the stakes are even higher for most licensed professionals. A DWI arrest can put your very livelihood at risk. It’s important to understand the challenges you may face both in criminal court and in front of your licensing board. You need to take these charges seriously and ensure you establish a strong defense against all criminal allegations.
Drunk driving charges can have a major impact on a wide range of professions
If you hold a professional license, you should review the policy of your licensing board regarding drunk driving charges. In general, some professions hand down more severe consequences than others. Licensed professionals who can anticipate some type of fallout from a DWI charge include:
- Airline pilots
- Truck drivers
Professions that place a high value on good moral character and having the trust of the community will often treat DWI charges more seriously than others. In addition, if your job requires you to have a commercial driver’s license, you run the risk of losing your license permanently.
Be aware of the consequences
Individual state licensing boards will determine whether additional sanctions are in order for members who have been accused of drunk driving. You should understand what your licensing organization’s policy is. Some boards may require you to self-report an arrest, even if it doesn’t result in a conviction. You should discuss your options with a skilled legal professional who can help you determine the best path forward for your future.