PHARMACISTS & PHARMACY TECHNICIANS CHARGED WITH DUI
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DUI CHARGES – PHARMACISTS & PHARMACY TECHNICIANS
PHARMACISTS CHARGED WITH DUI
As with physicians and nurses, pharmacists routinely undergo harsh scrutiny for any criminal convictions, particularly convictions involving DUI or possession of a controlled substance or substances and/or crimes showing a pattern of substance abuse. New applicants, and renewal applicants, must disclose all convictions, including pleas of no contest or any convictions that were set aside or deferred pursuant to Sections 1000 or 1203.4 of the Penal Code, including misdemeanor, felonies and certain infractions. Infractions with a fine of less than $500.00 need not be reported unless the infraction involved alcohol, such as DUI, or a controlled substance or substances.
PHARMACISTS FACING DUI CHARGES
Pharmacists facing DUI charges, or any charged crime, need to consult with a professional license defense attorney who also specializes in the crime for which you are being charged. If you need an experienced DUI or Criminal Defense Attorney because you are a Pharmacists charged with a crime, including DUI, contact Peter F. Iocona and the experienced Criminal and/or DUI Defense Attorney from The SoCal Law Network for a free consultation.
ARE PHARMACISTS REQUIRED TO REPORT CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS, INCLUDING DUI?
The California Board of Pharmacy regulates and disciplines pharmacists under the umbrella of the Department of Consumer Affairs. Discipline of pharmacists is governed under the California Business and Professions Code Sections 4300 et. seq. Pursuant to Section 4301, the board shall act against any licensee holder who is guilty of unprofessional conduct, which shall include, but is not limited to, any of the following acts:
(f) The commission of any act involving moral turpitude, dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or corruption, whether the act is committed in the course of relations as a licensee or otherwise, and whether the act is a felony or misdemeanor or not.
(h) The administering to oneself, of any controlled substance, or the use of any dangerous drug or of alcoholic beverages to the extent or in a manner as to be dangerous or injurious to oneself, to a person holding a license under this chapter, or to any other person or to the public, or to the extent that the use impairs the ability of the person to conduct with safety to the public the practice authorized by the license.
(k) The conviction of more than one misdemeanor or any felony involving the use, consumption, or self-administration of any dangerous drug or alcoholic beverage, or any combination of those substances.
(l) The conviction of a crime substantially related to the qualifications, functions, and duties of a licensee under this chapter.
WILL A CRIMINAL OR DUI CONVICTION RESULT IN DISCIPLINE?
The Board may inquire into the circumstances surrounding the commission of the crime to determine the degree of discipline that will be taken against the licensee or, in the case of a conviction not involving controlled substances or dangerous drugs, to determine if the conviction is an offense that is substantially related to the qualifications, functions, and duties of a licensee as a pharmacist.
A Pharmacist convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, and/or combined influence of drugs and alcohol, will most likely be facing an investigation by the Board of Pharmacy. Licensees with multiple offenses and Pharmacists with a history of substance abuse are prime candidates for greater disciplinary action than a first time DUI offender with no aggravating circumstances for obvious reasons.
If you are a Pharmacist and charged with a crime, including DUI, you need to contact a DUI Defense Lawyer who is familiar with professional license defense in addition to Criminal and/or DUI Defense. Peter F. Iocona and the DUI Defense Attorneys of The SoCal Law Network are such attorneys. Feel free to contact Peter F. Iocona and the DUI Defense Lawyers of The SoCal Law Network today if you are a Pharmacist and facing a criminal charge, including DUI, and want to increase the chances of saving your license.Click To Call Set Appointment