Medical Professional DUI

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Medical professionals are often held to a higher standard than your average citizen being that they are tasked daily with providing care to those in need — however, no one’s perfect. While many would agree that medical professionals shouldn’t risk losing their job for a DUI, it occurs often. For those who avoid termination, there is usually a slew of additional penalties they face regarding their medical license and their ability to practice medicine in Florida.

As a nurse, doctor, or physician facing criminal DUI charges, you may be fearing the worst, but there are experienced criminal defense attorneys willing to do everything in their power to help protect your freedom to practice medicine.

The Orlando medical professional DUI lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm are here to help you through this tough time. This may have only been a one-time thing but now your character is coming into question, and your superiors are second-guessing your ability to perform your job. Our team is here to fight relentlessly on your behalf to help ensure that this minor slip-up doesn’t have a permanent impact on your ability to do what you love.

Florida DUI Penalties

Driving under the influence of alcohol is a crime that is penalized based on one’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and how many prior times he or she has been convicted of the offense. First-time DUI offenders with a BAC over 0.08 face misdemeanor charges that can result in:

  • Fines between $500 and $1000
  • Up to 6 months in jail

Blowing over 0.15 results in penalties increasing to:

  • Fines between $1000 and $2000
  • Up to 9 months in jail

Other penalties include probation, vehicle impoundment, license revocation, and mandatory community service. If your DUI results in severe injury or death to another person, you may face felony DUI charges.

DUI Penalties for Medical Professionals

While medical professionals face the aforementioned penalties, they are also exposed to further punishment at the workplace. They must report their DUI to their professional board within 30 days of their conviction. The Department of Health and licensing boards for physicians, nurses, doctors, and other licensed healthcare professionals view DUI convictions as a threat to public safety and, therefore, implement severe sanctions.

Some of the most common include:

  • Florida license revocation (may include other states)
  • Random drug and alcohol testing
  • Thousands of dollars in fines
  • Mandatory completion of recovery courses
  • A “Letter of Concern” in one’s file
  • Probation

It’s vital to note that these penalties are in addition to their criminal sentence. Some of the factors the board will consider when handing down sanctions include:

  • Criminal history
  • Length of employment in the profession
  • Severity of the drug or alcohol problem
  • Financial hardship
  • Rehabilitation efforts
  • Actual damage caused by the DUI

DUI Defense Options for Medical Professionals

Many medical professionals turn to impairment programs like HPRP, PRN, IPN, and OPHP with hopes that they will exempt them from board punishment, but that is rarely the case. Contrastly, these programs end up being expensive, invasive, and don’t guarantee that you’ll avoid disciplinary actions from the board.

We strongly suggest that you instead speak with an attorney BEFORE reporting your DUI conviction to the board. We can help you accurately report the offense, and best position you for a review in front of the board. If you’ve already reported your DUI conviction, it also isn’t too late to benefit from legal counsel.

Orlando Medical Professional DUI Lawyers

The Orlando medical professional DUI lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm have over 100 years of combined experience. With experience as prosecutors on the state and local level, we’re aware of the tactics used by the state to get a conviction and can use our extensive insight to your benefit. If you’ve already been convicted of a DUI, we can fight to have the decision reversed and minimize the impending sanctions from your professional board. Contact us today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation.