According to the United State Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupational licensing directly affects nearly 30 percent of U.S. workers. Pennsylvania is one of the most highly regulated professional service and professional occupational environments in all of America. There doesn’t seem to be an occupation that PA doesn’t like to regulate, tax and license. What that means is that for someone who has a professional license in PA, a DUI can spell disaster.
The Pennsylvania Department of State Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs is ruthless and uncaring:
- Some occupations and licensees are required to report any criminal or DUI charge.
- Some do not require any reporting.
- Others only require convictions to be reported.
Being accused of a DUI is a very stressful and nerve-wracking experience. There are so many questions that come along with a DUI arrest:
- Are they going to try to take away my occupational or professional license?
- Do I have to report the DUI charges to my employer?
- Will I lose my driver’s license?
- Will I go to jail?
- How much will my fines be?
- Will the arrest stay on my record?
- AM I GOING TO LOSE MY JOB?
Information on Pennsylvania DUI penalties
Here’s a simple list of some of the PA occupations and licenses that may be impacted by a DUI charge
- Architects Licensure Board
- Auctioneer Examiners
- Barber Examiners
- Boat Pilots
- Chiropractic and Chiropractors
- Crane Operators
- Dentistry and Dentists
- Engineer Professionals, Land Surveyors and Geologists Registration Board
- Funeral Directors
- Landscape Architects
- Massage Therapy and Massage Therapists
- Medicine and Doctors (MDs and DOs)
- Nursing and Nurses
- Nursing Home Administrators (Examiners of )
- Occupational Therapy
- Optometry and Optometrists
- Osteopathic Medicine and Surgeons
- Pharmacy and Pharmacists
- Physical Therapy and Physical Therapists
- Podiatry and Podiatrists
- Real Estate Appraisers
- Real Estate Commission and Real Estate Agents
- Psychology and Psychologists
- Speech-Language and Hearing Examiners
- Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors
- Teachers and School Boards
- Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers and Salespersons
- Veterinary Medicine and Veterinarians
Anyone who is licensed in PA can be looked up by anyone with an internet connection to see their disciplinary history: Search the PA Discipline history of occupational license holders in PA
Federally licensed occupations
- FAA and pilots
- Firearms, ammunition and explosives (Federal Firearms Licensee) and the BAFTE
- Fish and wildlife industry through the US Fish and Wildlife Service
- Commercial fisheries through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service
- Maritime transportation through the Federal Maritime Commission
- Mining and drilling through the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforrcement
- Nuclear energy through the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- Radio and Television through the FCC
- Transportation and logistics through the US Department of Transportation and
- Railroad occupations
When you hold a professional license, such as a Nurse, a Doctor, a Pilot, a Teacher, an Attorney, or if you serve in the military, a DUI can mean not only the criminal penalties that come along with a conviction. The professional consequences can be much worse.
US Military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard) and Pennsylvania DUI
This is a big deal. It doesn’t matter what your rate or rank is. As you can read in this story (How a DUI forever changed a local soldier’s career), a DUI can ruin your military career. It can prevent you from deploying. It can lead to your involuntary separation or dishonorable discharge, if you don’t act fast.
As a service member, you have two things to worry about: civilian consequences and military punishment.
A DUI conviction or convictions will also limit your future application for several businesses or occupations in PA for example:
- 52 Pa. Code § 1057.4 Ineligible for limousine driver certificate (DUI)
- 52 Pa. Code § 1021.4 Ineligible for taxicab driver certificate (DUI)
- 35 Pa.C.S. § 8122 Deny/suspend emergency medical services (EMS) vehicle operator certification (mandatory for 4 years for DUI)
- 53 P.S. § 30472 Suspend/discharge from employment as second class city firefighter (intoxication while on duty)
- 75 Pa.C.S. § 1611 Ineligible to drive commercial motor vehicle
- 37 Pa. Code § 41.7 Ineligible to drive designated emergency vehicle
- 66 Pa.C.S. § 2609 Revoke participation on transportation driving network
- 6 Pa. Code § 11.165 Ineligible to drive vehicle for older adult daily living center
- 52 Pa. Code § 1057.5 Ineligible for Philadelphia limousine driver’s certification
- 75 Pa.C.S. § 1604 Notify employer of convictions of commercial driver’s licensee
- 53 Pa.C.S. § 57B02 Ineligible to be taxi/limousine driver
- 52 Pa. Code § 1051.8 Ineligible for employment as funeral service limousine driver in Philadelphia
- 24 P.S. § 1-111 Ineligible for employment at any school (including bus drivers/student teachers/contractors)
- 24 P.S. § 2843 Deny/suspend/revoke private driver education school/related license
- 52 Pa. Code § 41.14 Deny motor common carrier authority (convictions of applicants/drivers)
If you hold a professional license, a DUI can have long lasting consequences on your career and your future. Even if you are a first time offender, you cannot mess around with this. A conviction and sometimes even entry into the ARD program can result in a suspension or revocation of your professional license. So, not only do you have to deal with the criminal consequences, but you may risk losing your job, your livelihood and your career.
For many license holders, you are required to report your conviction to the licensing board, In many cases, a hearing or review of your license will be conducted. If you are a medical doctor, a hearing is held to determine your character and fitness to practice medicine. If you are an attorney, failure to disclose a conviction can result in disbarment. You will no longer be able to practice law. Nurses, Pilots, Dentists, School Teachers, and all professional license holders have similar requirements and face similar consequences. But before you report a DUI charge, consult with us first. There are many things we can do together to get you prepared. There’s lots we can do to reduce the consequences.
When your job is on the line, you must have an attorney who is educated and well versed in the area of DUI law with an acute understanding of how this DUI will affect your professional license. Your future livelihood is on the line. You need an attorney who will fight for you and save your job so you can continue to provide for yourself and your family and the community.
You need The McShane Firm. With our years of advanced training, knowledge and experience, we are the right attorneys for the job. We are here to fight for you to save your future. Call (717) 657-3900 right now. We can help.
Additional recommended reading:
- Problems with DUI Blood Tests in Pennsylvania
- CDL holder and DUI charges
- Pennsylvania DUI FAQ (Free Information, Easy to Understand)
- PA DUI Blog
- Free PA DUI Info (Easy to Understand Language)
- DUI Lawyer Costs
- DUI Trial Procedure
- Pennsylvania DUI Attorneys
- Pennsylvania DUI Laws and your Professional License
- How To Find The Best DUI Lawyer in Pennsylvania