I have to admit to having a great admiration for teachers, school administrators, and school employees.  This admiration lead me to serve two terms on the Beavercreek School Board and it also motivates me to fight hard on behalf of those in the education profession who face a career-killing OVI offense.  Being arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated is a threat to anyone’s livelihood, but it can have a devastating impact on teachers and administrators.


First the good news, usually an OVI arrest will usually not result in disciplinary action – BUT IT CAN!  In Ohio, a Teacher, Principal, or School Administrator, who is licensed by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), may face Disciplinary Action for being arrested for DUI.  The circumstances surrounding the arrest may garner publicity if you are a well-known or long-tenured educator.  The internal politics of your school may cause a fellow teacher, a school board member or a member of the public to contact the Ohio Department of Education to trigger an investigation.  If an investigation is initiated, the Ohio Department of Education will not wait for an outcome, but will proceed to impose discipline independent of the outcome of your case.  Factors that may affect your DOE investigation may include whether the offense is a repeat offense, whether the offense involves illegal drugs and/or whether the case results in a conviction.   While there are no hard and fast rules, the more mitigation you are prepared to present to the DOE, the better the chance to avoid discipline and keep your job.

Teachers who are employed by a “union” district should immediately contact their union representative and a credentialed DUI attorney.  Your union representative and your DUI should work together to prepare a game plan that will protect your job, limit your sanctions and save your reputation.  Charles Rowland knows how school district view DUI allegations and is proud to have represented teachers, school administrators, and school employees accused of driving while impaired. Sometimes you need an attorney who is willing to fight all the way to a NOT GUILTY verdict on your behalf.

For education majors seeking their first job in a good district, Charles Rowland is able to put you in a good position to fight for a good start to your career.  We work closely with hiring professionals who want to know that a DUI experience is a story of redemption wherein the applicant is able to offer mature perspective as a result of his or her contact with the criminal justice system. We fight hard to make your education major matter.  Call Charles M. Rowland II at (937) 318-1384 or 1-888-ROWLAND.