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I was pulled over for a DWI. Is my medical license at risk?

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2024 | DUI/DWI

Holding a medical license is a privilege that comes with significant responsibility both in and out of the clinical setting. A drunk driving conviction can place a doctor’s license — and their career — in jeopardy.

What are the penalties that come with a conviction for drunk driving?

Even a first driving under the influence (DUI) conviction in Texas may lead to serious criminal penalties, including up to 180 days in jail, $2,000 in monetary penalties, and loss of your driver’s license for up to one year. Although these penalties are already harsh, for those who hold professional licenses they are just the beginning.

If you have a medical license, a conviction for drunk driving can lead to severe professional consequences, including:

  • Investigation by the medical board,
  • Suspension or revocation of medical license, and
  • Mandatory disclosure to current and future employers.

It is important to note that the Texas Medical Board is constantly updating its rules. In a recent example, the TMB adopted an amendment that requires physicians convicted of a felony and certain misdemeanors do more than just notify the board, they also need to submit a description of the offense to the TMB within 30 days of concluding the case.

What should I do if Texas authorities charge me with drunk driving?

Doctors must act swiftly to protect their medical license. It is important to build a defense to the allegations. Depending on the details of the case, a defense can result in a reduction or even dismissal of charges.

A DUI conviction can have far-reaching effects on a doctor’s career and reputation. It is essential for medical professionals to understand the gravity of these offenses and the importance of legal and professional compliance to safeguard their livelihood.