With so much on the line, you need an experienced professional license defense attorney in your corner. Honolulu-based lawyer Michael Fayard is experienced in defending actions against professional licenses. He understands how the licensing boards operate and how to build the best defense against adverse action taken against your license. But you must act quickly. If you hold a professional license and are facing a DUI charge, call us at (808) 445-6708 to schedule a free consultation.

Who is at Risk?

While most know that doctors, nurses, and lawyers hold professional licenses, but there are many other occupations that require licensure. Getting a professional license is never “one and done.” A license is subject to rules and regulations to remain valid. Failure to abide by continuing education requirements, ethical rules, or getting into legal trouble, can put this essential part of your professional life at risk.

In the medical profession, along with physicians, the following are subject to licensure requirements by the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing Division:

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Registered Nurses
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Nurse Aides
  • Advanced Practice Nurses (certified nurse midwife, certified registered nurse anesthetist, and clinical nurse specialist)
  • Acupuncturists
  • Massage Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Pharmacists

Another profession requiring a professional license that is regulated, are those in financial positions, including:

  • Certified Public Accountants (CPA)
  • Financial and Investment Advisors
  • Securities Professionals
  • Insurance Professionals

Licenses in the financial services industry are governed by state boards and government agencies. Without a license in good standing from these entities, you can’t legally continue working as one of these types of professionals. Even a short suspension can have terrible consequences to your financial health and your standing with your peers and community at large. It is a risk you just can’t afford, and that is exactly why you need the best defense possible provided by Michael Fayard, Criminal Defense Attorney.

Don’t DIY if you are a Professional Charged with DUI

Do it yourself (DIY) may be safe when changing a faucet in your bathroom, but not when there is a threat to your license because you’ve been charged with DUI. You need a lawyer like Michael Fayard to defend against the DUI criminal charge AND to protect your professional license.

Although a DUI/DWI charge or conviction isn’t typically an automatic suspension or revocation of a professional license, it is still serious, and you need a lawyer. Our attorney knows the rules and regulations of the various licensing boards and how to best protect this asset.

Our attorney can review the code of conduct and other rules governing your license and determine how best to defend any possible disciplinary action related to your DUI charge. If notice of the charge is required, we will give it and work with the board or agency to quickly resolve the matter.

If you have already received a disciplinary letter related to your DUI charge, call us immediately for a free consultation. You may have a limited amount of time to respond and if the deadline is missed, so might be an opportunity to resolve the matter for the best possible outcome.

Besides the humiliation and possible hit to your bottom line, trouble with the law and your license can affect your personal life in other ways. If you share child custody, for example, the other parent may use the matter to decrease your parenting time. A loss of income could also mean you can’t meet your child support obligations.

When your professional license is threatened, too much is on the line for a DIY response.

Protect Your Professional License

Consequences of a DUI charge and subsequent conviction can range from private reprimand to license suspension or revocation. Other than a private reprimand, the remedies likely will be public. You will have reputational fallout and perhaps be unable to make a living at your profession for some time. If the DUI occurred while you were on the job, and there is concern the public was at risk, you face the worst of all possible outcomes. Top that off with fallout in your personal life, and it is clear you need our experienced professional license defense attorney.
Call us today at (808) 445-6708 to schedule a free consultation.