As an attorney in the State of California, you know that the State Bar has the power to take away your right to practice, ultimately ending your ability to make a living in the legal field. Records with the State Bar of California can be made public, and can stay on your profile for a lifetime. If you are a lawyer in Southern California and have been arrested for driving under the influence, you need to consult an aggressive DUI defense attorney from The Law Offices of Scott Henry immediately.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHARGES
If you are arrested in Southern California for drunk driving, you will most likely be charged with violation of Vehicle Code section 23152 (a) and (b). You can even be charged with a DUI even if you do not have any alcohol in your system; you can be arrested for a DUI in Southern California if you are under the influence of illicit or prescription drugs. At a time like this, you need the help of an experienced drunk driving defense attorney who can also provide assistance with professional licensing issues related to the State Bar of California.
MANDATORY REPORTING FOR ATTORNEYS
Under Business and Professions Code Section 6068(o), attorneys licensed in the State of California are required to self-report felony charges by indictment or information, as well as all felony convictions and certain misdemeanor convictions. Compulsory self-reporting for misdemeanor convictions includes those crimes which are committed in the course of the practice of law; or in a manner in which a client of the attorney was the victim; or a necessary element of which involves improper conduct of an attorney, including dishonesty or other moral turpitude; or an attempt of conspiracy or solicitation of another to commit a felony or a misdemeanor of that type.
Driving under the influence in Southern California is typically not a crime which requires self-reporting. However, it is in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable professional licensing attorney to protect your professional, legal interests at this time.