We do not handle the DUI defense or the criminal aspect. We do, however, work closely with the DUI attorney to get the best results we can for the pilot in order to minimize the reporting requirements. Very often, we’re successful in mitigating the pilot’s 61.15 reporting requirement.
As an example, in one case we were involved in, the defense attorney had a few options regarding settling the DUI matter. We had a conference call together along with the pilot and were able to make sure the criminal attorney’s defense would allow the pilot to avoid any 61.15 reporting requirements.
It’s important to note that we’re still required to report the DUI on the medical application. However, the requirement to report on your medical certificate only comes at the time you need to renew it. In some cases, it could be years before renewal and for a professional pilot, it could be up to 1 year.
There’s definitely an advantage in trying to alleviate the requirement to report under 61.15, but it’s always been our advice and our opinion that the sooner an experienced aviation attorney gets involved in a DUI matter, the better, so that we can have some input on how the criminal charges are handled in the pilot’s best interests.
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