How a DUI Could Affect Your Real Estate License
Real estate licenses in the state of Florida are governed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Depending on the type of license you have or seek to obtain, there are different prerequisites to obtaining the license. However, all real estate licenses require the completion of coursework, an examination, and a background check.
Here at Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh, we recognize that a DUI can directly impact your professional life in additional to your personal life. We strive to always obtain the best results for our clients in every case so that your financial ability to provide for your family is not affected. The ramifications of a DUI conviction do not need to be any more severe than they already are.
Will you lose your real estate license if you get a DUI?
It depends. There is a mandatory reporting requirement for criminal offenses if you have a real estate license. In other words, if you are convicted or plead to a DUI offense, you will have to report it. There will be a further inquiry into your DUI case. If it is a first-time misdemeanor DUI, then you generally will not lose your license. However, the board will review each situation on a case-by-case basis. If you have more than one DUI on your record, then your case will be scrutinized in more depth. The board will look at the factors of your case including the final disposition, the penalty, your truthfulness about the offense, etc.
If you are charged with a DUI, having a real estate license makes it imperative that you hire an experienced DUI lawyer to fight your case. An experienced DUI lawyer can make the difference between you reporting a DUI to the board and not having to report anything because your DUI lawyer successfully defended you. When your livelihood is at stake, do not take a chance and go at it alone. You've already put in the time completing the courses and you've passed the exam. Do not let your hard work be stripped from you. We can help you.
Can you get a real estate license if you get a DUI?
It depends. As stated above, when you apply for a real estate license, you are asked on the application whether you have any criminal history. If you disclose that you have criminal history, there will be additional questions that you will have to answer about the criminal offense that you disclosed. You will also provide a set of your fingerprints that will be examined for a background check performed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. If your fingerprints are not received, then your application will be deemed incomplete. The background check will then be compared to any criminal offenses that you disclosed on your application.
If there is any discrepancy between the background check and your application there will be further inquiry. Your application will be reviewed to determine whether your criminal history does not statutorily disqualify you from becoming licensed. The board may require you to personally appear before them.
At Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh, we have three former prosecutors that have handled thousands of DUI cases. Our combined experience is unparalleled and gives us a unique perspective to help you in your time of need. An aggressive DUI lawyer can make the difference between having a DUI on your record and having a clean record. You can avoid the uncomfortable and awkward personal appearance in front of the board. We are here to help you in your time of need.
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