Have you been arrested for a DUI? Are you unsure about how to answer a question on the medical application? Are you concerned about how your DUI will affect your FAA Pilot License and /or Medical Certificate? Do you need to report a DUI to the FAA?
Pilots who are arrested for an alleged DUI face an aggressive FAA which tends to err on the side of safety, resulting in pilots accused of alcohol abuse or dependence, when they would not otherwise be diagnosed as such by a non-FAA examiner.
When the concern is reporting a recent DUI arrest to the FAA, Barnett Law Offices will work closely with a pilot’s DUI attorney from the beginning, in order to assist the pilot in protecting his/her rights and certificates. We set up an early strategic and tactical plan, gather and review all pertinent documents, employ experts where necessary, and make sure that the airman gets the appropriate counseling and evaluation in anticipation of how the FAA will respond. We work with the airman to determine if and when a pilot DUI FAA Report, also known as a “61.15 notification letter“, needs to be submitted, and assist with the filing.
When the concern is disclosing a prior arrest or conviction for DUI, a huge concern for pilots (or future pilots), particularly those whose livelihood depends upon aviation, is that they may not be able to qualify for an FAA Medical Certificate or they may lose their FAA Medical Certificate through an enforcement action from the FAA. This is a highly complex area with many variables and pitfalls for the airman. We work with the airman to review the Pilot DUI FAA Report (aka the 61.15 report) requirements and medical application requirements that must be satisfied in order to make sure that a bad situation does not become worse. We have found that our clients are placed in the best position for successful defense of their licenses when they involve us early in the medical application process.
Barnett Law Offices handle substance abuse medical certificate analysis and defense situations on a weekly basis and understand how to place the situation in the best posture in the eyes of the FAA. Through each step of this complex process we can provide sound legal advice to help navigate through and minimize or eliminate the potential pitfalls that await the unsuspecting pilot.
Contact us to speak with an aviation attorney for a free confidential consultation of your matter. Toll Free 800-578-5512