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You can lose a professional license for a DUI conviction

Many professions require employees to acquire a license to do business in the state of Ohio. For example, nurses need to receive licenses from a state board. There are numerous ways for people to lose these licenses, and one of the most common reasons is a DUI charge. Dentists, lawyers and pharmacists are other professions that can lose licenses because of a DUI.

There are many reasons to fight a drunk driving charge. With a solid defense, you may be able to get out of jail time or have a reduced fine. Avoiding a conviction can also help when you have to go in front of the state board to keep your license. Even if you pay the fine and get through having a suspended license, you may need to look for another line of work if you cannot practice the career you studied for. 

You will need to go in front of the board

The exact process will vary depending on the exact profession. Using the Ohio nursing board as an example, you will need to plead your case in front of the board in addition to pleading your case in front of a judge. The board will take into consideration the seriousness of your offense, such as whether anyone sustained injuries from your actions. It will also consider your criminal background and whether you have complied with all court orders. 

It is possible to maintain a nursing license, even with a DUI arrest on your record. Some crimes, such as aggravated arson and kidnapping, result in automatic removal of a license, but with an experienced attorney in your corner, you have a good chance of holding onto your license. It is also a possibility for the board to place certain restrictions on your license. 

However, even if you maintain your license, you may still lose a job if you have to take too much time off work. Additionally, a suspended driver's license may prevent you from going to work if it is too far away. Having a lawyer increases the chances of getting through this time okay with your career intact.

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