Think twice before you drink and drive. If you get a Pennsylvania DUI the effects of it can and will likely have a negative impact on you for the rest of your life. Doesn't matter what your degree is in or from what prestigious university you graduated, if you get a DUI you may be denied a license to practice your profession. Even if you get a DUI when you are 45 years old and have been practicing in a profession for 20 years, the effects of a DUI will negatively impact your ability to practice in many professions.
Whether you are a doctor, accountant, insurance adjuster, or a speech therapist, a DUI may result in your hard earned degree becoming virtually meaningless. Whether you are convicted of a misdemeanor or felony violation of an alcohol statute in PA, the resulting DUI on your record can lead to many negative consequences as it relates to your profession. Some of these consequences include:
- Ineligibility to sit for a board or bar certification exam
- Deemed to be of bad moral character
- Refusal to issue a license or removal of license
- Failure to clear a necessary background check
If you have been charged with a DUI, the first thing you need to do is seek legal help. In a Pittsburgh DUI case, there are many legal intricacies that without a lawyer you will likely not be able to handle. Besides being penalized by being stripped of your professional license, a PA DUI can come with many other penalties including fines, a suspended license, and even incarceration. Even if you are barely over the legal limit and it's your first offense, being convicted with a DUI will remain on your driving record for life and may lead to lifetime bans from certain professions. If it is your second or third offense, penalties may be even more severe.
As you may know, being charged with a DUI in Pennsylvania, even if it is your second or third time being charged, doesn't automatically mean you will be convicted of the offense as you of course have the right to present your case to a judge. The best way to prepare your case and defend your rights, as well as your degree, is by hiring an experienced PA DUI attorney. So if you are facing a DUI charge, don't delay, contact our attorneys at Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, today!