Question: I hold a professional license. Will my Maryland DUI be reported to the licensing board or commission?
Answer: Not generally. A DUI is not a crime of moral turpitude, so it’s not something that I think would actually pop up in a professional capacity. Now, when somebody does generally reapply or re-up their professional license, often there are questions that will pertain to any charges that they’ve received. So it’s really a self-reporting requirement for some professional licenses. So we get a lot of cases for doctors, nurses, that kind of thing.
Generally the first offense doesn’t seem to have a whole lot of effect if the person’s honest. What they really care about is how honest the person is about reporting it or not. But, no, it doesn’t generally get reported to anybody. Now, I believe a professional license, say, for a pilot, that might be actually reported, but we haven’t run into anything where a person has lost a professional license by merely being charged or even convicted of a DUI.
Now, often employers will search, and if they search they can discover it, but I don’t believe there’s any, certainly there’s no law that would force the court to contact or report any kind of DUI to a commission or to a licensing commission.