While everyone who faces a DUI charge will have a difficult and stressful time getting through the hearing and dealing with its consequences, a DUI can be more damaging to some careers than others. If you are a doctor who has received a DUI, there are some actions that you should take in order to minimize the potential damage to your career. These actions will be discussed here. Keep in mind that in recent years, more and more doctors have been punished for getting DUIs. In order to prevent this from happening to you, you should be proactive.
Drug and alcohol abuse can trigger action from the Medical Board. This has been the case in recent years, as DUIs have gotten more attention and reflect poorly on medical practices. If you get a DUI, there is a strong chance that the Medical Board will take disciplinary action against you. In some cases, you might just be asked to undergo a drug and alcohol treatment program. There might not be any threat to your license to practice medicine. However, in recent years, the Medical Board has become stricter about alcohol abuse in doctors. Because the Medical Board is concerned with the off duty behavior of doctors, you could face serious consequences for receiving one or more DUI.
It is in your best interest to report your DUI to the Medical Board as soon as possible. You must do this by sending a written report to the Medical Board’s Enforcement Division. If you fail to report your DUI to the Medical Board, you could have your medical license revoked. Once the Medical Board receives your report, they will open an investigation into the circumstances of your DUI.
This investigation will most likely include an interview. Make sure that you prepare thoroughly for this interview. Answer all questions clearly and honestly, and make an effort to show that you are committed to fixing the mistakes that you have made in the past. In most cases, if you have only been charged with one DUI, and you cooperate with the Medical Board, you will not lose your medical license. However, the Medical Board will take multiple DUIs much more seriously. You could potentially lose your medical license if you are convicted of several DUIs and show no desire to change.
As a doctor, you could face severe consequences if you get a DUI. If you fail to properly report your DUI to the Medical Board, you could risk losing your medical license. Furthermore, if you do not cooperate with the Board’s investigation, you could lose your medical license. Getting a DUI could potentially end your career as a doctor. In many cases, you will be able to keep your medical license, as long as you can prove that you know that you have made a mistake, and will not let it happen again. Still, it is important to consider these consequences and take the Medical Board’s investigation seriously. If you are concerned about your medical license because you recently got a DUI, you can contact Ruane Attorneys for assistance.