A teacher helps a student at her desk, the photo reads "how does a DUI charge affect a teacher in Florida?" For a teacher charged with Driving Under the Influence, it may trigger a disciplinary hearing for a teacher especially if the DUI charge ended in a plea or conviction.


The disciplinary hearing could lead to the Department of Education imposing sanctions against a teacher’s Florida Educator Certificate.


If disciplinary action is taken against a teacher, he or she may have to appear in front of the Teacher Hearing Panel of the Education Practices Commission, which decides the appropriate resolution of the case.


For teachers charged with DUI in Florida, a first-offense, misdemeanor charge is more likely to be forgiven by the school than a second-offense or a felony charge.

To learn more about how DUI charges can affect other professional licenses in Florida, visit our blog: "How to Protect Your Professional License and Yourself when Charged with DUI in Florida".