Los Angeles DUI and Accountants

Los Angeles DUI Attorney

DUI defenseFor various professionals who are required to carry licenses to practice within the State of California, a conviction for driving under the influence can trigger unforeseen consequences from the relevant licensing board. Certified Public Accountants in California are required to be licensed by the California Board of Accountancy and this Board is also responsible for imposing disciplinary action when necessary. A CPA who is convicted of a DUI offense may find him or herself facing scrutiny from the Board and could potentially be disciplined as a result of the conviction.

As one would expect, the types of convictions that the Board of Accountancy is most interested in are those for theft offenses, white collar crimes or other criminal acts directly related to the accountant’s practice. However, the Board does not ignore DUI convictions and there are circumstances where the Board of Accountancy will take disciplinary action against licensees whose DUI conviction or convictions are substantially related to the licensee’s ability to function professionally.

Both those already licensed by the Board of Accountancy and those who are new applicants to be CPAs could be affected by a conviction for DUI. Anyone renewing a license or submitting an application for the first time would be required to disclose any criminal conviction that may have occurred, other than minor traffic infractions. Failure to disclose a DUI conviction during this process would be grounds for denying the license or license renewal application.

The Board of Accountancy will typically launch an investigation whenever a licensee has been convicted of a DUI or other criminal offense. The Board will look at factors such as the nature and severity of the underlying crime, the defendant’s prior criminal record, the amount of time that has elapsed since the commission of the underlying offense, the defendant’s compliance, or lack thereof, with his or her terms of the sentence and any evidence of rehabilitation. The fact that an applicant may have had his or her previous DUI conviction expunged by filing a California Penal Code Section 1203.4 PC motion could be considered evidence of rehabilitation.

When dealing with a DUI, the Board of Accountancy will be particularly wary of any aggravating factors that may have been present. These would include multiple prior convictions for DUI, a blood alcohol content that was significantly higher than the legal limit (0.08 percent), a traffic collision, the involvement of a narcotic or a number of other factors.

Ultimately, the Board can suspend or revoke an accountant’s license if it deems this action to be justified after completing its investigation. In addition, the Board can deny the license application for those who are applying to be a CPA in California or can refuse to grant existing licensee’s renewal applications.

In addition to whatever disciplinary action is taken by the Board of Accountancy, a CPA who has been convicted of DUI would also face a host of other potential criminal penalties and administrative consequences.

If convicted of DUI in court, an accountant can face a number of different penalties including jail time, a required alcohol education program, programming such as the Hospital and Morgue (“HAM”) or MADD Victim Impact Panel (“VIP”), community service or community labor, restitution if there was an accident, steep fines and any other conditions of probation that may be appropriate.

For those whose DUI convictions occurred in Los Angeles County, a conviction would result in the Department of Motor Vehicle’s requiring the defendant to install and maintain an Ignition Interlock Device (“IID”) in his or her vehicle for a period of at least five months. This is because of Los Angeles County’s participation in the DMV Pilot Program which is testing IIDs for those convicted of DUI offenses in the participating counties.

If you are a Certified Public Accountant or will one day be applying to be a CPA and have been charged with DUI, it is critical that you consult with an experienced Los Angeles DUI Attorney as soon as possible. As a former Deputy District Attorney with over 14 years of prosecutorial experience, Lawyer Michael Kraut is highly acclaimed by those in the legal community for his knowledge of DUI laws and litigation skills. Mr. Kraut works hard to ensure his professional clients receive the most thorough defense possible.

For more information about Los Angeles DUI and Accountants, and to schedule your free consultation, contact Michael Kraut at the Kraut Law Group located at 6255 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 1480, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Mr. Kraut can be reached 24/7 at 888-334-6344 or 323-464-6453.

Share |
Client Reviews
He gave me the peace of mind that my DUI case was going to be resolved. He fought for what it was needed and helped me by answering all my questions. Mike is not an average attorney. He’s a very experienced, honest and straightforward person that is there for you!
I hired Attorney Mike Kraut and I'm am so happy and grateful that I did! I was arrested for a DUI because my BAC level was over the .08 limit. I ended up getting a wet and reckless instead of a DUI. I still have to do some classes and I'm on probation, but I do not have a DUI on my record. If you have a DUI hire Attorney Kraut, he definitely knows his stuff!
Avvo User
There aren't enough positive words to write about Mike, but let me be clear that this is the only lawyer worth hiring in Los Angeles. Mike is professional, caring, and an absolute champion at winning in court.
Kyle, Avvo User
Mike Kraut is not a typical lawyer. He is a straightforward person with a true heart and a sympathetic ear. He is also smart and connected and he cares about the people who seek out his help. He got my son out of a jam. He did it quickly and painlessly. I recommend Mike Kraut to anyone that needs his services.
Thank you Mike for helping my son.
Mark, Avvo User
Michael Kraut is a rock star lawyer. I was really happy and satisfied with the results I received from Michael and his team. A few months back I was being accused of a serious felony. Mike gave me sound legal advice and worked diligently to clear my name. Mike was great at always keeping me updated and returning calls. Great, great lawyer I cant say enough about this man!
Eric, Google User
How can I express how relieved and pleased I am with Michael's professional abilities to have my Felony brought down to a misdameanor to a possible dismissal with deferment. With his care my life has been turned around and cannot say how helpful he's been not only in my case but life. He, himself has changed how I view criminal lawyers. Thank you so much Michael!
Owen, Google User