If you are facing DUI charges in South Carolina, you might have more than your driver’s license suspended.
Apart from the fines and jail time, you might also get your professional license revoked or suspended. This can make you lose your job and dent your future employment opportunities and salary.
Types of professional licenses you might lose after a DUI conviction
Some careers require a license; for example, nurses, doctors, dentists, chiropractors and insurance and real estate agents must have a license to operate. In addition, these professions need clean criminal records, so if you have been convicted of driving under the influence, you must report it to the licensing agency. The agency will then determine if you will have a permanent or temporary license suspension or get a probation period.
Other professions like defense contractors, military personnel and educators base their licenses on moral judgment, trust and good conduct. So, you are more likely to get your license revoked or suspended if you are convicted of DUI.
Other potential DUI penalties
Sometimes, your professional license might not be permanently revoked. However, you might face other penalties like:
- Community service
- License suspension (temporary or permanent)
- Warning letters
- Sporadic alcohol and drug testing
- Limitation of professional duties
- Limitations and supervision when working
- Substance abuse education
What to do to improve your chances of maintaining your professional license
The events following your DUI conviction might be challenging. However, there are things you can do to improve your chances of maintaining your professional license.
- Report the conviction. It doesn’t matter the punishment you face; it’s always advisable to report the conviction to your licensing agency.
- Follow all limitations and restrictions to avoid extra penalties
- Show good conduct by stepping into the substance abuse treatment program or community service.
A DUI conviction might have several implications. You may face jail time, fines and your license could be revoked or suspended. Things can get more challenging and stressful if you lose your professional license. So, consider getting legal assistance to help you get the most favorable outcome.