How can a drug charge impact a professional license?

On Behalf of | May 15, 2024 | Criminal Defense |

Getting a professional license is a significant milestone for many individuals pursuing careers in various fields.

Facing a drug charge can have severe consequences for anyone who holds a professional license.

Suspension or revocation

According to WKYT, in 2020, more than 1 in 5 arrests in Kentucky involved drug charges. Licensing boards may suspend or revoke the license of an individual facing a drug charge. Any criminal activity can be grounds for disciplinary action.

Public scrutiny

Drug charges often lead to public scrutiny and damage to one’s professional reputation. Even without a suspension or revocation the negative publicity surrounding a drug charge can harm one’s career.

Difficulty finding employment

With a drug charge on record, individuals may encounter difficulty finding employment. Many employers conduct background checks as part of the hiring process, and a criminal record can be a red flag.

Mandatory reporting

In many jurisdictions, individuals holding professional licenses must report any criminal charges or convictions to their licensing board. Failure to do so can result in further disciplinary action, including the potential loss of licensure.

Rehabilitation requirements

In some cases, the court may order individuals facing drug charges to undergo rehabilitation or treatment programs as a condition of maintaining their professional license. Failure to comply with these requirements can lead to further consequences.

Long-term consequences

Even after completing any required rehabilitation or serving any penalties, a drug charge can have long-term consequences on one’s career. It may affect opportunities for promotions, professional collaborations and licensure renewal.

A criminal charge can damage anyone’s career. It can be especially harmful for those with a professional license.