When a person is charged with a DUI, their first thoughts often turn to the financial ramifications they now face – attorney and court fees, costs to repair their vehicle, increased insurance rates, and so many more. But they often don’t immediately consider the effects a DUI can have on their professional careers.

Many professionals, like medical doctors, educators, and pilots, who find themselves charged with a DUI may soon wonder how it will affect their careers in the long term. It is important for anyone who is charged with a DUI to obtain legal representation as soon as possible. An experienced attorney can help you understand the situation and explain your options.

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Licensed healthcare professionals

Healthcare professionals, including medical doctors, nurses, EMTs, and dentists, have a strict code of ethics and responsibilities they must adhere to in their respective fields. It is imperative to understand what the different types of pleas mean, how they are treated by a judge, and what the ramifications associated with each plea are.

State employees

If you are employed by the state in which you live and are charged with a DUI, you may face having your professional certifications revoked or even risk being terminated from your job. Police officers, firefighters, and educators all stand to seriously tarnish their careers if charged with a DUI.

In Florida, state employees, like firefighters and police officers, may even risk losing pension benefits if they are convicted of a DUI.  Educators risk being dismissed from their positions, as well, for any criminal charges other than minor traffic violations


If charged with a DUI, pilots are required to report their crime to the Federal Aviation Administration within 60 days. From there, a pilot could risk losing their license and their job.

Certified public accountants

In the State of Florida, a certified public accountant (CPA) may face revocation of his certification if charged with a DUI. Furthermore, he may even be denied renewal for the firm’s license, and can face fines up to $5,000.

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No matter your profession, if you are charged with a DUI – or any other serious crime – it is important that you obtain legal representation immediately.

The Law Office of Mario Trespalacios, PA, guide clients through the maze of the legal and administrative processes, and help them to understand their rights. Mr. Trespalacios’ background in medicine strengthens his position to defend your rights.

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