If you are charged with a drug and alcohol offense, such as DUI, and hold a professional license, not only are you subject to the possibility of loosing your driving privileges but also may be subject to sanctions relating to your professional license. While sanctions range depending on the licensing body, it is not uncommon for a licensing body to suspend, de-certify, or revoke a professional license or certification based on an arrest for a drug and alcohol offense.
Here, we represent our clients not only in the criminal prosecution but also before the various licensing boards (Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing [DOPL], Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission [UPPAC], etc.) that are attempting to sanction our clients’ professional license. We have defended school teachers, pilots, nurses, realtors, and other professionals whose licenses were in jeopardy.
In addition to license sanctions, some professions require that you self-report any arrest for drug and alcohol offenses. If required, it is important that you self-report these convictions within the designated time limit. Below, we have listed a few professions that require their licensees to self-report: