Finding a career that you love and working towards it can be quite fulfilling. For most people, there is more to work than just money. However, if that ability to work is under threat, you need to take action.
The legal consequences of a DUI conviction are pretty straightforward – suspension of your driver’s license, fines, installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID), and, in the worst case scenario, jail time. However, if you are a healthcare professional, a DUI conviction can have devastating consequences on your career.
Here is how a South Carolina DUI conviction can impact your career as a healthcare provider.
The Medical Board might summon you for questioning
A substance and alcohol abuse charge can earn you an appointment with the South Carolina Medical Board. This is because a DUI conviction reflects badly on medical practice, and the Medical Board takes this very seriously. While a single incident of drunk driving charge may not lead to serious consequences, repeat offenses might set you up for a disciplinary action such as the suspension of your practice license.
Still, according to South Carolina statute, attending to patients while under the influence of alcohol is misconduct that might lead to the suspension of your license or disqualification from practice.
Your reputation will be on the line
Besides the disciplinary repercussions, a DUI conviction can also ruin your reputation. Remember, your conviction will go into the court’s record. This means that whoever runs a background check on you will find this information. Not only will potential employers learn about your DUI conviction, your colleagues and patients too will. And this type of news can hurt your reputation in the long run.
Being pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving might not seem like a big deal initially. However, a conviction can impact various aspects of your life, including your career. Find out how you can defend yourself and safeguard your rights if you are charged with drunk driving.