September 7, 2017By Brian Manchester
The short answer YES.
If you are pulled over for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence, you must report that to the FAA even if you are late found to be innocent. Being stopped and asked for a breath or blood sample is enough to make you report the incident. There are two separate forms that will have to be completed in which you must inform the FAA of the incident. Typically the first form is under regulation 61.15 which states that any conviction of an alcohol or drug related offense must be reported within 60 days after the motor vehicle action. The other typically later form to report this on is the FAA medical application.
Once it is reported that FAA will request documents about the situation, including but not limited to the police report, a personal statement about the incident from yourself, and court records about the case. You will be required to have a drug and alcohol evaluation and complete any recommended treatment. You will also be required to provide your driving records to be evaluated.
The FAA will keep track of how many offenses you accumulate throughout your lifetime. If you receive your second offense more evaluations could be required. If you receive a third offense in your life time your medical license will not be granted until a comprehensive medical evaluation is completed to deal with your possible addiction issues, by psychological and psychiatric trained specialist.
Obviously, the best way to avoid all of this is not to drink and drive. However, if you are charged with a DUI it is imperative to put up the best defense possible as it could cost you your piolets license in addition to the driving license.
It is extremely important to contact an experienced law firm right away if you or someone you know is facing criminal charges in Pennsylvania. If you, your son, daughter, or loved one in Pennsylvania has been arrested for a crime in state or federal court in Pennsylvania you need legal representation. Here at Manchester and Associates, we represent people across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For a free consultation, we can be contacted at 1-800-243-4878.