I get a lot of question from Pennsylvania teachers about DUI. In addition to legal penalties, they are normally worried about how a DUI conviction will effect their standing as a licensed teacher.
There is no “hard and fast” rule and other factors such as a teacher’s disciplinary record may also be considered. Here are some points to keep in mind:
- A DUI conviction even for a first offense may lead to sanctions even for tenured teachers depending upon the overall circumstances. I have seen some cases where a PA teacher convicted of a first DUID was suspended based on the fact that illicit controlled substances were involved (marijuana).
- If the DUI involves drugs, a conviction will most definitely result in a Rule to Show Cause being issued which could result in the loss of your teaching license.
- Repeat offenses and DUI violations involving accidents will also be treated more harshly because of the political nature of DUI offenses.
- It is common for lobbies like MADD to put pressure on school boards to fire teachers involved in DUI offenses.
- ARD may not be a good option in some cases as it is generally viewed by people as a type of guilty plea.
Justin McShane who is the principal of the McShane Firm, LLC was an elected member of the Central Dauphin School District as a Board member. So, he knows how school districts’ look at these types of allegations and convictions. The McShane Firm is proud to represent teachers accused of a DUI or DUID. We have represented Pennsylvania teachers charged with DUI and helped many of them reach a favorable outcome by doing what we do best…fighting. Because of the stigma attached to a DUI conviction, sometimes the only option is to fight all the way to “Not Guilty”.
If you are a teacher charged with a DUI in Pennsylvania, your career and livelihood is at stake. When so much is on the line, you should turn to the best: The McShane Firm.