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How airline pilots can fight a DUI charge

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2024 | DUI Defense |

You’re an airline pilot, and during your time off, you were arrested for a DUI in Georgia. If convicted, this offense could end your career in the skies. Like many other professions, airline pilots are held to higher standards regarding drinking and driving.

Be mindful of state laws

No matter who you are or what your profession is, Georgia state laws take precedence over a DUI arrest. When fighting the charge, you’ll have to keep in mind the time frame for various facets of the legal process, such as appeals and administrative hearings. Given your status as an airline pilot, you must be highly vigilant about what you must do, even if this is your first offense.

The most frightening aspect for pilots is FAA rules regarding DUI arrests. Pilots are subject to FARS (Federal Aviation Regulations). You may wonder about the following:

  • When do I need to report this to the FAA?
  • Can I put the DUI on my FAA First Class Medical Certificate?
  • Can I simply report this to the certified flight instructor at the local FAA Flight Standards District Office?

One thing is clear: If you are convicted, you must report the offense within 60 days. But even if you are acquitted, you must inform the FAA of the arrest action. Not doing so can result in a violation.

Saving your pilot’s career

An arrest doesn’t necessarily mean a DUI conviction. The most important thing you can do is fight the charge. Developing an effective DUI defense strategy is essential. Additionally, Georgia residents must request an administrative hearing within 10 days of a DUI arrest. Otherwise, they can lose their license. Following these laws is essential to preserving your career.

When faced with a DUI arrest and possible conviction, you should do whatever you can to prove your innocence. Looking for possible mistakes in the arrest process and other anomalies can help save your career. Field, breath and blood tests may also be performed incorrectly, leading to your exoneration.