If you have been charged with a federal or state crime, whether it is a felony or misdemeanor, you need to speak with a license defense attorney in your jurisdiction; this includes DUI, DWI, or OVI.
Unless your criminal defense attorney has experience representing nurses before the State Nursing Board, it is imperative that you speak with a nurse license defense attorney. This can be in the form of a consultation (which may cost a few hundred dollars) or retaining a license defense attorney to handle the State Nursing Board complaint.
Don't say, I can't afford it in this economy because the real question is how can you not afford it? Its not all black and white with criminal convictions and nurses and you want to speak with someone who can discuss your options with you beforehand.
I was contacted today by a nurse who was told by her criminal defense attorney last month that a misdemeanor assault conviction would "probably have little or no impact on her nursing license" because the "situation is not related to patient care and involved a personal altercation."
I also spoke with a nurse earlier this month who retained a civil and criminal defense and personal injury attorney to represent the nurse in a criminal case. The attorney also agreed and was retained to represent the nurse before the State Nursing Board. This is the attorney's first Nursing Board case.
Criminal charges and criminal convictions even if unrelated to "direct patient care" can impact your nursing license, your employability, and your nursing career. Talk to someone, a license defense attorney or admnistrative law attorney with experience in nursing matters while your criminal case is pending.