If you are a pilot and have been charged with a DUI, then you are at risk of having your pilot license suspended or revoked. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has legal obligations with which they must follow. If you are facing a first time DUI offense, the FAA is most likely not going to take any action of their own. However, subsequent DUI convictions will most likely lead to further consequences by the FAA.
If you have been arrested for a DUI, a Morgantown criminal lawyer can help you with the next steps to take. They will be by your side during court proceedings and will advise you on how to plead. They will also help you report your DUI conviction to the FAA.
The FAA requires that every DUI be reported to them by the pilot themselves. Failure to disclose a DUI has harsher consequences than if you had reported it in the first place. Your Pilot’s license may be suspended or revoked if you fail to disclose a DUI, even for a first time offense. You do not want to make a mistake when reporting to the FAA and risk losing your license unnecessarily. An experienced West Virginia criminal lawyer will help you with the reporting process, they can even submit your report for you. It is important that it is done in a timely manner. You have sixty days from the date of the incident to submit the report.
When filling out your Application for Airman Medical Certificate you must disclose all DUIs, past and present. You are required to report ones even if they have been dismissed and you’ve attended a rehabilitation program. Failure to disclose this information can have negative consequences on you. It is best to have full transparency. Do not try to hide past convictions, even the ones that have been dismissed. There are specific instructions on the application on how to disclose DUIs. Read and follow the directions carefully in order to report it correctly. You can ask your attorney for advice on what or how to disclose certain information when applying for your Airman Medical Certificate. A first time DUI offense will most likely not affect your certificate. Repeat offenses however will be taken seriously by the FAA. Your certificate might be deemed invalid until you have gone through a substance abuse evaluation.
It can be devastating and life altering to lose a professional license. Attempting to handle the legal process without the aid of a knowledgeable attorney can result in mistakes made on important reports. You cannot afford to make mistakes when your future and career are on the line. If you or someone you know has been arrested for a DUI contact the Mountaineer Criminal Law Group right away. Waiting or trying to avoid the process and necessary steps can result in greater consequences than if you face them head-on. When your career is on the line don’t delay in getting the help you need to try and keep your driving or professional licenses. Our attorneys are ready to take on your case.
Contact the Mountaineer Criminal Law Group to set up an initial consult at (304) 584-DUI1 or (844) 748-8384.