Can a DUI conviction impact your medical license?

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2024 | Professional License Issues |

Unlike most driving-related violations, driving under the influence (DUI) may be a criminal offense. While most DUIs are misdemeanors, offenses with significant aggravating factors can be felonies. Heavy penalties come with a DUI conviction, including license suspension, fines and possibly jail time.

If you are a doctor facing a DUI charge in Pennsylvania, it may be beneficial to learn how this may affect your career. It has the potential to ruin your reputation within the medical community. It could also lead to the revocation of your medical license.

Here are some essential things you need to remember:

Notify the Pennsylvania State Board about your charges immediately

There are specific timelines concerning the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs and the State Board of Medicine – Pennsylvania Department of State that you need to be mindful of if you are a doctor facing a DUI charge. You have 30 days from your charge date to notify them of the charges against you.

The exact period applies if you have a conviction and are on an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program.

Failure to disclose a DUI conviction or ARD placement could mean trouble

Being in the ARD program does not automatically mean losing your practice license. However, a placement or DUI conviction can have you summoned by the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, where they may discuss if you are fit to practice medicine. They may revoke your license if you fail to disclose your DUI conviction or ARD placement within 30 days from your charge date.

The State Board of Medicine may also investigate your DUI case separately to determine if you should retain your practice license.

Facing a DUI charge as a doctor can be extra challenging, and the thought of losing your medical license can be unsettling. An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and legal options and how you can safeguard your medical license.