If you work as a nurse, getting a DUI may have a significant impact on both your personal and professional life. In addition to fines, jail time or other sanctions that may come with a drunk driving conviction, your New York nursing license may be suspended or revoked. Furthermore, the financial implications of a DUI may make it difficult or impossible to continue your education or find housing close to where you work.
Failing to report a DUI to your employer or to a state licensing board will often cost you your license because it’s seen as dishonest. Authorities or your employer may report your drunk driving charge to the state licensing board, which could result in you losing your license even if you don’t report it.
Have a plan for the future
You may be able to save your career by outlining a plan to ensure that you won’t engage in drunk or impaired driving again. For instance, you could promise to enter a rehab facility, quit consuming alcohol or attend regular 12-step group meetings. You may also agree to random blood or breathalyzer tests to prove that you are sober at work or while driving.
The charge may be reduced or dropped
Getting a DUI charge reduced or dropped improves your chances of saving your job. Criminal defense strategies may include casting doubt on chemical test results or the basis of the event that caused police to make contact with you.
A drunk driving charge may have a negative impact on your career even if it is eventually dropped. However, obtaining a plea bargain or acquittal may allow you to keep your driver’s license as well as avoid paying fines.