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THE STORY OF STORMY KEFFELER & THE CONSEQUENCES OF A DUI CHARGE AND/OR CONVICTION WHEN THERE IS A DUTY TO SELF-REPORT
The story of Stormy Keffeler, who offered a tearful apology as she explained why she decided to resign as Miss Washington USA 2016, came just days after pageant officials learned that she pleaded guilty to driving under the influence earlier that year – something she failed to disclose while she was running for Miss Washington USA 2016. It was therefore not the DUI itself; rather it was Stormy Keffeler's failure to report the DUI to the pageant officials during her campaign for Miss Washington 2016.
The story of Stormy Keffeler is a reminder that often the consequences to a DUI conviction are not always readily apparent. Some people mistakenly believe that the DUI conviction will not have any consequences beyond the DUI Penalty that is imposed by virtue of the conviction. The story of Stormy Keffeler reminds us that the consequences can stretch beyond the DUI Penalty that is imposed in the immediate sense and extend to other areas of a person’s life, such as their employment or their ability to obtain future employment, insurance or even housing if the community has a background check condition prior to being approved to live in certain housing communities. This is particularly the case in apartment complexes and other places of the like. This is the reason it is important to know what your employer requires as it relates to self-reporting crimes, such as a DUI charge and/or conviction. Some people are required to report it and do not even know it.
In addition to those consequences, those with professional licenses can also be affected. This is because the respective Board will contact the professional licensee upon being notified of a DUI arrest by way of the booking process, during which time the law enforcement agency takes the DUI suspect’s fingerprints. Those fingerprints are sent to the California Department of Justice and cross-referenced with the person’s professional license thus instituting the Board Inquiry and the consequences that flow from that reporting.
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