The criminal penalties for driving under the influence may only be the tip of the proverbial iceberg for some defendants. Those in positions of trust, such as doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals, can suffer the loss or suspension of a practicing license for a single misdemeanor DUI violation. These individuals ultimately cannot work without these licenses, making a strong legal defense even more important.
At Cowan Kirk Gaston, we understand the severity of DUI consequences, including the loss of professional licenses. Thus, we know what it takes to defend your case. For more information regarding your legal options as a defendant, contact the Seattle DUI lawyers of Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn today by calling 866-822-1230.
Professional License Loss
A DUI conviction can impact a person's employment status in several major ways. In many cases, a DUI conviction is sufficient reason for a hospital or healthcare clinic to fire an employee. However, medical professionals also must retain their practicing licenses in order to stay employable at other facilities. A guilty verdict for a DUI violation can allow the medical board to strip or suspend a medical license.
The following medical professions can be affected by this serious penalty:
- Medical specialists
Recovering a lost license can be a troublesome, lengthy legal procedure. In some cases, these license recovery cases fail, leaving that individual without the legal right to practice their profession at all. Given the time and expense associated with medical training, this can prove devastating to any medical practitioner.
If you have been charged with DUI, the penalties can exceed the boundaries of the criminal justice system. To learn more about how we may be able to help you in this stressful and potentially confusing situation, contact the Seattle DUI attorneys of Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn at 866-822-1230 today.