First dui was in February 2005, second in January 2008 and third recently on July 2011. I am waiting for my court date Sept. 29th, but my attorney will push it back until he can build a case. I am trying everything in my power to rehabilitate and show the court. However it seems like i will get convicted for my third. I desperately want to study real estate, but want to know what my chances are before studying and applying for the license. Any feed back would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
As an attorney whose practice is exclusively the representation of California occupational and professional licensees and license applicants, I will be candid here and state unambiguously that obtaining a State occupational license of any kind with three relatively recent DUI's on your record will be a difficult effort. Obtaining a license from any California licensing agency will be difficult based on that record, and California's Dept of Real Estate can be one of the more rigid and unyielding of the State's licensing agencies.
If you are intent on making a real change in your life, including but not limited to pursuing a career in real estate, you need to consult with experienced licensing counsel as early as possible for advice about how to build a genuine record of rehabilitation that conforms precisely to the State's statutory factors evidencing rehabilitation. That record of rehabilitation will need to affirmatively show a profound change in your respect for and compliance with the law -- and not just the laws that may pertain to the specific tasks of real estate professionals. Among the evidentiary factors you will need to affirmatively demonstrate is satisfactory completion of a serious and meaningful formal alcohol rehab program (not necessarily in-patient), as well as completion of all outstanding probations. For further detailed discussion of the critical importance of building evidence of satisfying the statutory rehab factors before you apply for licensure, see the articles posted at http://www.licenseadvocates.com/blog110307.html and http://www.licenseadvocates.com/blog110123.html
Even with a solid record of rehabilitation, it is most likely that the Dept of Real Estate will issue only a restricted (probationary) license at your initial application. For some applicants, a probationary license is so restrictive and limited in its employment potential that it is not an acceptable result; others can make it work for a few years and then obtain an unrestricted license based on a solid work record and no further criminal charges.
Now, for a little necessary candor applicable directly to your individual facts: you write that you are "trying everything in my power to rehabilitate and show the court," but you are getting charged with DUI every three years. You have more and better power than that. Let us assume that you can obtain a (restricted) real estate Salesperson license sometime in 2012. What happens in 2014? DRE will revoke a license for DUI even more quickly than it will deny one on that basis. If you are going to make the personal and financial investment necessary to obtain a California State license, make a commitment at the same time to the kind of conduct that is required in order to keep it once it is issued.
Nothing is impossible. You should demonstrate that you have taken efforts to rehabilitate, such as attending AA meetings, doing counseling, or attending a residential treatment program. You should also consider expunging your prior DUIs once you are off probation. It is essential that you do not obtain a fourth DUI. A fourth DUI in a ten year period would likely result in a felony. I would also contact the DRE and find out what efforts they feel would be appropriate.
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