Los Angeles DUI and Accountants

  • May 25, 2017

    The legal system of any country is vital for its law enactment and enforcement. It ensures that the law of the state is respected and upheld. Legal professionals usually focus on a particular branch of law. For instance, the Los Angeles DUI attorneys focus on the related legal systems. They cater for the processes and regulations, crimes and evidence, relevant lawsuits, and DMV license suspension. DUI crimes are said to have increased in the area hence the stepping up of enforcement efforts. Therefore, anyone charged with a DUI offense is advised to seek the unique services of the knowledgeable and experienced Los Angeles DUI lawyers.

    Most professionals possess practicing licenses and are obligated to carry them everywhere more so within Los Angeles. In the case of an arrest and sentencing for driving under the influence, unforeseen consequences could result from the concerned licensing board. For example, the Certified Public Accountants in Los Angeles are required to be under the license of Los Angeles Board of Accountancy. The board has the power to impose disciplinary action on its members if need be. A CPA convicted of a DUI offense may face the music from the Board and face the disciplinary action due to the conviction.

    Accountant’s primary objectives revolve about money matters. Therefore, the Board of Accountancy mostly focuses on the type of sentences around theft, white collar crimes or other criminal acts that are directly related to the accountant’s practice. More so, the Board also gives weight to DUI convictions, and it takes disciplinary action against the licensees whose convictions in any way affect their ability to operate professionally.

    DUI convictions have consequences to both those already licensed by the Board of Accountancy and also the new applicants to be CPAs. Therefore, anyone renewing or applying for the first time to be a licensed CPA is required to fully disclose any criminal conviction(s) that may have occurred at some point in life. Failure to make these disclosures during the process would be a solid ground enough for denying the license or even the license renewal application.

    In the case of a DUI conviction or any other criminal offense by a licensee, the Board of Accountancy launches an investigation. It scrutinizes key factors like the nature and severity of the crime in question, the licensee’s criminal record, the licensee’s compliance with the terms of his sentence, any evidence of rehabilitation, and the amount of time that has passed since the commission of the offense. The Board is particularly cautious of any irritating factors that may have been present such as multiple prior convictions for DUI, high alcohol content in the blood, a traffic collision, narcotics involvement and a whole lot of other factors.

    The accountant’s license can be suspended or revoked by the Board if the action under investigation is justified. Moreover, the Board can deny the license application for those applying to be CPAs in Los Angeles. Again, they can also fail to grant existing members renewal applications. Other than the disciplinary action by the Board of Accountancy, a CPA who has been convicted of DUI could also face criminal penalties and administrative consequences like jail time, a required alcohol education program, programming, community service or labor, restitution in the case of an accident, heavy fines and other probation conditions. In Los Angeles specifically, a DUI conviction would result in the Department of Motor Vehicle’s requiring the defendant to install and maintain an Ignition Inlock Device (IID).

    Certified Public Accountants or aspiring CPAs that may find themselves charged with DUI at some point in life are advised to consult the services of the knowledgeable and experienced Los Angeles DUI attorney very fast. They work hard to ensure that their professional clients receive the most through their defense.

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