Consequences of DUIs for California Nurses and First Responders


DUIs are a common reason for arrests in California, and thousands of drivers are arrested each year. Whether you choose to indulge in alcohol or recreational marijuana, driving under the influence is a criminal act. Drivers that receive a DUI conviction face jail time, fines, and could potentially lose their professional licenses. If you are employed as a nurse or first responder, these DUI convictions can be detrimental to your career as a licensed professional.

DUIs and Nurses

It is important that you hire a law firm that has experience in representing professionals both in the criminal courts and before their licensing boards.  The attorneys at Unlock Legal have years of experience representing licensed professionals in criminal matters and in administrative matters.  An experienced attorney will know when to disclose an arrest, the charging of a crime, or a conviction to your board.  A nurse, for instance, needs to report a DUI conviction to the Board within 30 days.  A nurse should check her employment manual for any specific instructions about disclosing an arrest or conviction to her employer.

Related Article: Will a Dui Cause My Nursing License to Be Revoked?

DUIs and First Responders

Whether you’re an EMT, paramedic, firefight, or police officer, DUIs can threaten your career. As a licensed professional and first responder, you are held to the highest of standards. Daily, you are responsible for protecting and saving the lives of people in your community. Receiving a DUI conviction can contradict the hard work you have put into your career.  You need both your driver’s license and professional license to work in your field. A DUI can cause both licenses to be revoked, which will destroy employment and your livelihood. In addition to losing your licenses, you may still have to pay hefty court fines and be required to attend classes and rehab.

Related Article: How to Protect Your Professional Career from a DUI

Contact Unlock Legal

Did you receive a DUI? Contact us immediately.

In 2020, there were over 4,000 DUI arrests in California. 

A DUI conviction can be frightening. As professional license defense attorneys, we understand the challenges you face and are here to help. We’ll show you the road map to overcoming this obstacle and protecting your career.

Unlock Legal provides focused representation in criminal defense and defense for California licensed professionals. Contact Unlock Legal today or give us a call at 949-997-1471 to speak with a registered nurse license defense attorney professional about your case and your unique needs. You’ll find we are compassionate, easy to talk to, and willing to help in any capacity we can.

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