DUI and Licensed Professionals in Arizona
If you get arrested and charged for DUI in Arizona, you’ll be facing very serious penalties. Of course, you’ll have to deal with fines and possible jail time. You may have to attend alcohol classes. Depending on how high your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was, you may have to install an ignition interlock device. The bigger issue is that you may find that your professional license is in jeopardy. Your Arizona criminal defense lawyer is going to try to get the charges reduced or dismissed. If they’re successful, you may not have to worry about your license being at risk. However, just being charged with DUI can hurt you if you’re an attorney or doctor. That’s why it’s much better if you can avoid getting convicted in the first place. Here, we’ll discuss the additional risks to your professional license that come with a DUI conviction.
Will They Know You’ve Been Charged with DUI?
Typically, until and unless you’re convicted of DUI, there may be no professional repercussions. However, depending on what happens in court, you could be looking at the difference between having your professional license suspended or not. Even if you make a plea for a lesser charge, it’ll still show up as a DUI arrest on your criminal record. Your Arizona criminal defense lawyer understands what’s at stake. When you meet with them for the first time, explain that situation to them. Let them know what sort of job you have and whether your license is hanging in the balance.
Commercial Drivers Can Lose Their CDL
If you’re a truck driver, you’ll likely lose your commercial driver’s license if you’re convicted of DUI. Even if it isn’t revoked, it will likely be suspended for a period of time. It may seem unfair that a criminal charge could impact your career. Sadly, this is the price you pay for drinking and driving. Your employer is not going to trust you on the road with a giant machine if they fear you may be under the influence. They also owe the public a duty of care. If they knowingly allowed someone to drive on the road while drunk, they would be breaching that duty. Commercial drivers will see a suspension of their license for a period of one (1) year. The suspension starts on the day you got arrested.
You’ll Have to Answer to the Disciplinary Board
A lot of people think that, as long as they aren’t convicted, the licensing board will never find out they were arrested. Once you’re arrested, there’s a good chance the professional licensing board will be notified. For example, if you’re an attorney, the Arizona Bar Association will likely be advised that you’ve been arrested for DUI. You may be suspended pending the outcome of the case. Your Arizona criminal defense lawyer will do their best to get the charges reduced or dismissed. This way, you can let them know you have been cleared of any charges and your license will be reinstated.
How Can an Arizona Criminal Defense Lawyer Help?
If you’re arrested and charged with DUI, you need to call an Arizona criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. You’re going to want your attorney working to poke holes in the State’s case right away. This way, they can hopefully get the charges dismissed or reduced. If they manage to do this, your professional license should stay intact. There’s too much at stake to try to handle this on your own. Call our office and speak to an experienced Arizona criminal defense lawyer today.