Medical Professionals Affected By A Pennsylvania DUI

September 13, 2018By Brian Manchester

DUI convictions can have serious ramifications for licensed medical professionals. Here is an overview of what you may face if you’re a doctor, dentist, nurse, or EMT and you’ve been convicted.


A doctor convicted of a DUI is subject to a hearing before the State Medical Board to evaluate his or her character and fitness to practice medicine. You may have to report any criminal charge, regardless of whether a conviction actually took place, or you may simply lose your ability to practice medicine.

A DUI conviction can also impact your ability to obtain malpractice insurance, or cause your insurance rates to increase dramatically.


If you are a dentist convicted of a DUI, you are required to report the conviction on your license renewal application. If you are a first-time applicant, you are also required to disclose this information on your initial license application. A conviction can impact your ability to obtain malpractice insurance, or cause your insurance rates to skyrocket.


A nurse convicted of a DUI will be required to report the conviction, plea, or ARD program participation or reciprocal discpline to the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing at biennial renewal.


If you have been convicted in the last four years of a DUI in Pennsylvania, it is unlikely you will be able to receive EMT certification. If you are currently an EMT facing DUI conviction, you will be required to report it to the PA Department of Health within 30 days, and will probably receive an automatic license suspension.

If you are a licensed professional, or will be seeking a Professional License in the state of Pennsylvania, and you are facing a PA DUI charge, it is imperative to seek help from an experienced DUI attorney who works with Professional Licenses.


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Brian Manchester is the owner of Manchester and Associates in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. His law firm practices DUI and Criminal Defense exclusively throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania in both state and federal court. He has a team of two other lawyers with a combined 50 years of trial and courtroom experience are also trained in science and many other skills that are relevant to criminal defense to include the psychology of persuasion as well. One of his associates is a former District Attorney (chief prosecutor) in central Pennsylvania.   Mr. Manchester and his team routinely handle serious felony cases including murder, manslaughter, sex crimes, complex financial crimes, and serious assaults. A large part of Mr. Manchester’s practice is the defense of alcohol and drug-based DUI offenses as well as drug cases using science and analytical chemistry. Mr. Manchester has training as a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor. He is one of a handful of Certified Lawyer-Scientists as recognized by the American Chemical Society in the United States. He is a member of NCDD and is a Founding Member of DUIDLA. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society with over 170,000 members across the world. To date, he is the only practicing criminal defense lawyer to belong to the Society of Forensic Toxicologist where he is an Associate Member. Mr. Manchester speaks nationally on the topic of blood and drug testing for alcohol as well as the metrological (measurement uncertainty) in forensic testing.

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