@KassiusKlay - I extracted that from the AICPA website. If you have more questions on how these type of legal issues would affect the CPA's standing within the AICPA, you should contact them directly.
Also, a gross misdemeanor is a crime which is more serious than a misdemeanor, but is still classified as a minor crime, as opposed to serious crimes. Such crimes MAY include (but not limited) petty theft, simple assault or driving under the influence. In the case of DUI, a person doesn't even have to be driving the vehicle to be convicted for it, so...Not sure where you take that from but, if the charges are DUI, you will get convicted, and they have to put you into custody.
As the law says "If the officer has sufficient probable cause that the suspect has been driving under the influence of alcohol, they will make the arrest, handcuff the suspect and transport them to the police station. En route, the officer may advise them of their Miranda rights and their legal implied consent obligation to submit to an evidentiary chemical test of blood, breath or possibly urine."
Overall, don't do anything that may jeopardize your career. I do agree that people should not discriminate against some things, but, in these days, they even discriminate against you for a job even if they find anything "weird" in your Facebook page. Oh yeah... that is happening (we should start another topic about this since this is a really hot topic).
I think the guy who started this issue probably has a job by now, who knows! Hopefully he got a second chance and hopefully, he will be responsible the rest of his life and learned from this mistake.
I met once a doctor, while I was auditing a shelter (non-profit) and this doctor was actually homeless. He told me that he became homeless after a successful career just because he made a bad decision. He was having great life, good money, thought life wasn't fragile enough to stop him. Then he fall in love for the alcohol, one drink here and there, he became an alcoholic. After a while, he had an issue for medical malpractice, lost his med. license, prestige, reputation, respect, lost his wife, kids, his house, etc. Instead of trying to fix his life, he was too morally broken, thus he kept drinking and that's how I met him, in a shelter looking for food and a blanket. All the friends he had once, gone. He even mentioned those who use to be his best friends, ignored him in the street when he begs for money. Really brilliant man, but just one thing, turn what could've been an excellent life, into ... loneliness and humiliation. This man goes to the shelter almost every day looking for redemption, ... a redemption that might never happen.
Life is very fragile my friends, and we should be very cautious with the decisions we make. We are not the center of the universe, we can't change the rules just because we don't want to face the consequences. So, stay classy my friends...