What Happens After a Nurse is Convicted of a DUI? 

MANDATORY AND NON-MANDATORY DISCLOSURES

As a holder of a nursing license granted by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), you agree to follow many ethical rules and responsibilities. One responsibility that you have as a state-licensed nurse is that of the disclosure. 

When you face DUI criminal proceedings, you must follow your licensing guidelines to determine whether or not you have to disclose the criminal proceeding to the BRN. Once you are fingerprinted for a DUI, the Department of Justice will send a notification to the BRN of your arrest. 

You are not required to disclose your arrest for a DUI but are required to fully and completely disclose a DUI conviction within the guidelines and time constraints set by the BRN. A failure to properly disclose your DUI conviction can lead to other licensing sanctions assessed by the BRN. 

To be sure that your potential BRN disclosure is prepared properly, it is important to seek the advice and help of an experienced California nursing license defense attorney. This attorney should also be able to help you face the BRN and advocate on your behalf to make sure you are treated fairly and appropriately.

POTENTIAL FOR SANCTIONS AGAINST YOUR NURSING LICENSE

If you are a licensed nurse who is convicted of a DUI, then the BRN can file an action against your nursing license with a request for a suspension or even revocation of your license. The BRN has the authority to do this under the California Nursing Practice Act (NPA). The NPA empowers the board to make the rules and regulations that licensed nurses must follow or face potential sanctions. 

The BRN may offer the BRN Intervention Program as a diversionary measure to help address potential substance abuse issues. The Intervention Program involves monitoring and treatment to help nurses lead a healthy and sober lifestyle. This program is voluntary, and the decision of whether to enter the program should not be automatic. It is important to understand both the benefits and potential risks of being enrolled in the BRN Intervention Program. Make sure that you consult with an experienced attorney before you answer a BRN Intervention Program offer letter. 

It is your responsibility to present the most effective case to defend against sanctions to your nursing license. You worked hard to earn your nursing license, make sure you protect your license and your ability to work as a licensed nurse. If you are facing potential licensing issues, then call us at S.J. Harris Law Office so we can help.

SJ HARRIS LAW FREE CONSULTATION

The S.J. Harris Law Office offers FREE 30-minute consultations to all nurses facing legal issues. We realize that nurses who are facing criminal charges and potential discipline against their licenses prefer representation that values privacy and discretion. Any conversation during any consultation with us will be fully protected by the attorney-client privilege. At S.J. Harris Law, we strive to assist you in maintaining three things: your reputation, your license, and ultimately, your future. We want to use our experience to assist you today. Call our office at (310) 361-8585, or visit us online for a free consultation.

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This blog is meant to be informational. It is not meant to be all-encompassing legal advice. If you are facing a situation involving your professional license, seek counsel from a licensed attorney.