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DWI and the professional assistance program

Amherst residents with a career that requires state licensing face scrutiny from many sources. When their behavior violates the ethical code of their profession, it can cost them that license and, thus, their livelihood. For instance, if someone with a professional license faces DWI charges, it could lead to devastating professional consequences.

The professional assistance program could provide a way to avoid some of those repercussions. Individuals who qualify can temporarily surrender their licenses and undergo treatment for substance abuse instead of facing disciplinary action. Under certain circumstances, individuals may still practice their profession, as long as they do not pose a threat to those they serve.

Those individuals participating in the program must remain free from any mood-altering substances, attend an approved treatment program and submit to the monitoring of their practices for at least two years. When endorsed by the treatment program, individuals can then apply to have their licenses fully reinstated. While this may help avoid losing a professional license, it does not remove the need to address the criminal charges. It will still be necessary to attend court hearings and present a defense.

An Amherst criminal defense attorney with experience in helping licensed professionals can assist with receiving treatment through the professional assistance program while advocating on behalf of the client with regard to the DWI charges. Entering a treatment program may also help with the criminal case as well. In any case, it would be wise to discuss the entirety of the situation in order to determine what course of action would provide the best possible outcome under the circumstances.

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