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Can A California DUI Affect My Nursing License?

California is considered to be one of the worst states for a driver to be accused of driving under the influence (DUI) in. With penalties ranging from the loss of your driver’s license to jail time, California law punishes convicted drunk drivers to the fullest extent of the law.

In addition to these harsh penalties, a driver with a professional license, such as a nurses’ license, may find their employment threatened by a conviction. Make sure that you take appropriate steps to defend your livelihood in the unfortunate chance that you have been arrested for DUI in San Diego.

Why is my nursing license affected by DUI?

You may not see a connection between your nursing license and your driver’s license, but unfortunately, legislators have not agreed with that sentiment. Anyone in the healthcare and medical fields are particularly affected if convicted of driving under the influence!

The California Board of Registered Nursing has implemented specific penalties for those with a nursing license convicted of DUI:

  • Probation
  • Public reprimand
  • Prohibition of any drug or alcohol use
  • Random drug and alcohol testing
  • Counseling
  • License suspension
  • License revocation

Even further, the California Court of Appeals has even ruled that only one instance of DUI on a nurses’ record is tantamount to unprofessional conduct, allowing their license to be disciplined. This can have serious and long-lasting effects on your ability to maintain and find employment in the future. Especially if you have been accused of more than one drunk driving offense, you need to take action to protect your livelihood!

How can I prevent a nursing license revocation?

Since the California Board of Registered Nursing is a government organization, being arrested for DUI can send an alert. The Board is unable to take any action until you have been convicted of DUI, meaning that you have stood before a judge and been found guilty or nolo contentre in the accused crime. The best way to prevent any administrative action from being taken is to act quickly.

While the law is not always kind to those accused of drunk driving, hope is not lost. Experienced San Diego DUI defense lawyers, such as the one at Mark R. De Yoe, APLC have successfully defended their clients against their alleged crimes, reducing or eliminating the charges against them and allowing them to keep their professional nurses license.

With more than 30 years of experience and hundreds of happy clients in California, Attorney De Yoe can help protect you during this stressful time. Call today!