For a medical professional, a driving under the influence charge can seem like the end of life as you know it—but it doesn’t have to be. True, facing a DUI charge is a serious situation that can have devastating consequences, but there is hope. You may still be able to continue practicing medicine as long as your medical license is not suspended or revoked.

What to do if you find yourself facing a DUI

The first thing to do is to find an experienced attorney with knowledge of medical licensure and criminal defense. You will need expertise and guidance in these two areas in order to move on with your life with as few interruptions as possible.

Reporting a criminal conviction

If you are convicted of a DUI in court, you are legally required to report that conviction to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure. The board will then decide whether to pursue an investigation.

Your ability to keep your license will depend on:

  • If you have a larger substance abuse problem
  • If this was your first offense

You will need to prove that:

  • the incident was isolated
  • you do not require monitoring or active supervision
  • you were not under the influence while practicing medicine

If this was a first-time offense and there were no aggravating circumstances, you may be able to avoid jail time and fines altogether by entering a community labor program. This would be the best-case scenario, and a medical board will likely take this consider this judgment when they decide on what to do about your case.

People make mistakes every day, but they shouldn’t have to suffer forever. A DUI is a significant obstacle, but it is one that you can overcome.