I am a student pilot who recently got arrested for DUI. How will a CWOF impact my aviation career?

I am a student pilot who recently got arrested for a first offence DUI. How will a CWOF impact my aviation career? I have not yet gone to trial but assuming I receive a Continuance With Out a Finding how does that determine my career? My police report shows I was very respectful and cooperative, passed all field sobriety tests but failed the breathalyzer with a .11 and .12. I cannot afford a private lawyer as i am still in college but have a court appointed one assigned. I am extremely worried about this as I am also in the military. Any information or guidance would help!

Arrested is not the same as a Conviction.
A conviction is very severe. If you want to fly, you better get a good lawyer (JAG Attorney?) who can plead this down to some non-substance operating charge, where you do not have a history of substance abuse such as DUI, DWI, OUI, OWI, etc..

Any conviction will likely have your medical/student pilot certificate suspended.

4 Responses to “I am a student pilot who recently got arrested for DUI. How will a CWOF impact my aviation career?”

  • captsead0nkey says:

    Arrested is not the same as a Conviction.
    A conviction is very severe. If you want to fly, you better get a good lawyer (JAG Attorney?) who can plead this down to some non-substance operating charge, where you do not have a history of substance abuse such as DUI, DWI, OUI, OWI, etc..

    Any conviction will likely have your medical/student pilot certificate suspended.
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  • Jonnie Comet says:

    I feel for you and hope you will be able to resume your flying privileges after a reasonable delay. But the cardinal, number-one rule amongst pilots is that of eight hours before being good to go; and apparently you missed that whilst driving a car. It is vital that a pilot accept that level of responsibility; one who fails to do so is generally believed to have forfeited his licence.

    FAA and DOT rules regarding flying are much more stringent than those regarding driving a car (or operating a boat, though that should be debated). I hope you will be able to impress upon your PD the importance of regaining flying privileges under acceptable terms; but from what I was taught at ground school, a DWI is tantamount to permanent loss of licence. So, good luck.

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    Was taught this in ground school, 1970s.

  • ZooDoo says:

    you get convicted of DUI you could be screwed as far as getting to fly….might be some consequences in the military too.
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  • Warbird Pilot says:

    Go to the JAG.
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