DUI and Professional Licensing in Maryland

Being arrested for drunk driving often feels like a nightmare. While you may simply wish that you can wake up and have this all be just a dream, the reality is that you can’t erase what’s happened.

What happens if you are a licensed or credentialed professional in Maryland and you are convicted of DUI? Can you lose your license or credentials? Can it affect your application for a professional license? The unfortunate answer is yes.

There are many professions that require some type of licensing in order to lawfully perform the duties of that occupation. These professions include, but are not limited to, medical occupations such as doctors, as well as real estate brokers and teachers. If you currently hold one of these positions, you completed additional educational programs and were granted your applicable license or credential, which must be renewed on a regular basis. The issuing of these licenses or credentials is the responsibility of a state and/or national governing body, which imposes its own rules and regulations as to what constitutes prohibited conduct for a medical license holder/practitioner, licensed real estate broker, and credential teacher, and these regulations can be very strict when it comes to criminal convictions.

A DUI conviction can potentially alter your entire career path and significantly jeopardize your professional life. If you have been accused of DUI or DWI in Maryland, the first and most important step is hiring a knowledgeable defense lawyer who can aggressively defend your legal rights and professional future. At Alpert Schreyer, our experienced Maryland defense attorneys have the experience and skills necessary to build an aggressive defense against unlawful or unnecessary charges.

Medical Professionals

As a doctor or other licensed healthcare professional, you are bound by the rules and regulations of the licensing board. The Maryland Board of Physicians has the power to deny a license; reprimand a physician, physician’s assistant, or other healthcare professional; place a healthcare professional on probation; and/or suspend or revoke a license. The Board does not usually take action for a first minor DUI offense; however, should the person be convicted of multiple DUI offenses or a felony DUI in Maryland, the Board will hold a hearing to determine disciplinary action.

Real Estate Brokers

According to § 17-322 of the Maryland Business Occupations and Professions Code Annotated, The Maryland Real Estate Commission has the power to “deny a license, reprimand any licensee, or suspend or revoke a license if the licensee or applicant is convicted of a felony, a misdemeanor that directly relates to the applicant or licensee’s fitness and qualification to provide real estate services. Therefore, if a real estate agent is convicted of a felony DUI or a misdemeanor DUI that impacts their ability to do their job, their license may be revoked.

Teachers

A person entrusted with children must be trustworthy and professional. If a teacher is convicted of a DUI, especially a felony DUI or DUI causing injury in Maryland, then their ability to maintain a safe environment for children may be questioned. A single DUI offense does not always warrant disciplinary action from the Maryland State Department of Education, unless it involves an injury accident, a fatality, or other aggravating factors such as driving on a suspended license, driving without a license, or committing other traffic violations; however; subsequent DUI offenses, whether serious or minor, are likely to result in the suspension of your teaching credential for a certain period of time. In extreme cases, that period of time may be indefinite.
Protecting Your Professional Future

The repercussions of a DUI conviction on your professional career can be devastating, which is why it is imperative that you find an experienced attorney the minute you’ve been arrested. The aggressive DUI defense lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC understand what is at stake for a licensed professional being accused of DUI and we are committed to providing each and every client with aggressive legal representation for the best possible outcome. To learn more about your legal rights and options, call us today at (866) 444-6363 for a free and confidential consultation.