It is no secret that in Texas, a conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI), can carry harsh punishments. However, many people may not know that DWI can also impact the status of a person’s professional licenses. Individuals such as doctors and nurses can face additional punishments from their respective licensing boards. Below our blog outlines several of the disciplinary actions that a licensed professional may face for a DWI conviction in addition to criminal punishments.
Consequences for Licensed Professionals
Offenses are handled on a case-by-case basis and specific penalties will depend on the circumstances of the crime. Typically, DWI convictions must be reported to employers and licensing boards after which time an investigation will be conducted to determine if (1) the conduct directly relates to a professionals responsibilities and (2) what (if any) disciplinary action is appropriate.
A licensing board can impose numerous punishments including:
- License suspension or revocation
- Mandatory drug or alcohol education programs
- Probationary periods and evaluations
Licensing boards may have the authority to institute correctional actions even in cases where an offense is not directly related to a person’s profession. However, in these situations, the DWI must call into question the individual’s professional ability. For example, if a doctor receives multiple convictions for drunk driving, it may point to an addiction that compromises his or her ability to perform medical duties. On the other hand, an EMT whose main duties include driving may face harsh penalties for even a first or comparatively minor offense.
Fighting Charges for DWI
If you are a professional, a conviction for DWI could lead to the suspension of your license, irrevocably affecting your livelihood. With so much on the line, do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Kyle K. Shaw, PLLC. Our Allen criminal defense attorney can help you through every step of your case including fighting criminal charges, retaining your driving privileges, and avoiding the suspension of your professional license. Get more than 18 years of experience in your corner and rest assured that your case is in knowledgeable, effective hands.
Call (214) 761-3361 or request a consultation online and discover how our firm can work to protect your future.