DUI Consequences for Pilots

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Burg & Lantz: WA DUI Defense
Burg & Lantz: WA DUI Defense

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We have helped hundreds of people who are in a similar situation to you fight their WA DUI charges.
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If you are a pilot who has been arrested for DUI, physical control, or other alcohol related criminal charge, we highly recommend that you contact an attorney familiar with the unique issues pilots face in these circumstances. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has various and strict reporting requirements and a mistake can end your ability to fly.  

When representing pilots, we routinely consult with an expert experienced in dealing with the FAA and pilot reporting.

WA State DUI & Airmen

Serious Issue:

  • Pilots have unique considerations in alcohol or drug related cases.
  • The FAA has strict reporting requirements.
  • A mistake can end a pilot’s career.

Reporting Requirement for Convictions or Administrative Actions:

Under Federal law (14 CFR 61.15), a pilot must notify the FAA within 60 calendar days of the effective date of an alcohol-related conviction or administrative action.  

Separate notification letters for both a conviction and an administrative action must be sent, though the FAA will view it as one alcohol related incident.  

More information regarding reporting and forms can be found on the FAA web site.

Failure to send a Notification Letter within 60 days to the FAA is grounds for denial of an application for any certificate, rating, or authorization issued by the FAA.

Medical Reporting Requirements:

In addition to reporting administrative actions and convictions to the FAA, an airman must disclose any alcohol related issues in their application for a medical certificate. 

Substance abuse is considered a disqualifying medical condition for a pilot.  

Substance dependence is also a disqualifying medical condition unless there is clinical evidence of recovery including total abstinence for not less than the preceding two years.

Facing a DUI Charge in Washington State?

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We will not try to "hard sell" you.

Finally, we will not try to “hard sell” you to hire us. We know choosing an attorney is a big decision and one you must make carefully – not under pressure. Because an effective attorney-client relationship requires a lot of communication and trust, we really only want to represent people who feel comfortable with us and have complete confidence in our abilities. If you don't, then you have the right to an attorney that you do feel would be a better fit.

Thank you for taking the time to look through this web site. Please contact us if you would like to meet and further discuss how we may assist you.

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Burg & Lantz is committed to answering your questions about DUI or physical control law in Washington.

We offer a Free Initial Consultation and we'll gladly discuss your case with you at your convenience. Contact us today at 206-467-3190 to schedule an appointment.