DUI / Drunk Driving Arrests Can Now Be A Basis To Discipline California Doctors

Sep 21, 2009 @ 10:17 AM — by Myles L. Berman

In a recent medical board discipline case against a Northern California doctor, a California Appellate Court held that a DUI / Drunk Driving conviction is not needed to impose professional discipline on medical doctors. Merely being arrested for DUI / Drunk Driving can form the basis for medical discipline. It is important to note that in the Northern California case, the disciplined doctor had multiple DUI / Drunk Driving arrests that did not result in convictions. While the medical discipline case applies to doctors, this may set a precedent for other professionals licensed by the State of California as well.

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