A DUI conviction in Florida can have serious consequences for professional licenses and certifications. Here’s how a DUI can affect your real estate license in Florida.
Will I lose my Real Estate License if I get a DUI?
If you hold a real estate license in Florida, a DUI conviction can result in disciplinary action by the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC). There is a mandatory reporting requirement if you hold a real estate license in Florida. The FREC has the authority to suspend or revoke your license or require you to complete certain conditions, such as substance abuse treatment, in order to continue practicing real estate. Generally you will not lose your real estate license for a first DUI. The board looks at these situations on a case by case basis and will consider the final disposition, the penalties, and your genuineness about the incident.
Can I get a real estate license if I’ve had a DUI?
It depends. When you apply for a real estate license in Florida, you will be required to disclose any criminal convictions, including DUIs. The board will review your application and take into account the nature and severity of the offense, the time that has elapsed since the conviction, and any efforts you have made to rehabilitate yourself.
The board may also require you to provide additional information, such as court documents, police reports, and evidence of completion of a DUI program or other forms of rehabilitation. You may be required to personally appear in front of the board. In some cases, although rare, the board may deny a license application based on a DUI conviction.
At Simko Law Group, you are hiring a former prosecutor that will aggressively advocate on your behalf and have your back throughout the entire case. Do not let a DUI define you and affect your real estate license. Call Defense DUI Attorney Andrew Simko today for a free consultation.