A therapist sits next to a child in a colorful room, the photo reads "How does a DUI charge affect a therapist in Florida?"No matter what: Florida Therapists must report any Driving Under the Influence charges to the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling boards.

 

It doesn't matter if a therapist:

- was convicted or found guilty of DUI,

- regardless of an adjudication of DUI,

- or if he or she entered a plea of nolo contendere to a DUI charge,

 

She or he still needs to report the outcome of their case to the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling.

 

For a therapist's first DUI offense:

The minimum discipline is a $1,000 fine and probation from practicing. The maximum disciple is a $1,000 fine and a permanent revocation from practicing.

 

For a therapist's second DUI offense:

The fine is the same but the consequences include a one year suspension from practicing.

 

For a therapist's third offense:

The fine is $2,500 with a two year suspension from practicing or permanent revocation from practicing. 

 

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