Hot, heavy, and heated is not a reference to White Castle's coffee!
If you are convicted of crime and you are licensed to practice nursing in more than one state, pull out the checkbook or complete the 401K or 403B withdraw form, because you are going to need a few thousand dollars.
First of all, if you are a RN, LPN, or APRN and you have been charged with ANY crime from a simple assault to a DUI, DWI, OVI to theft of drugs regardless of whether its a felony or misdemeanor, chances are you need to retain a criminal defense attorney and license defense attorney.
I have been told six times this year "my criminal defense attorney said this was a good deal." This was and is still probably true but your criminal defense attorney isn't looking at your case from a license perspective. Your criminal defense attorney is trying to keep you out of jail and assisting you with navigating the criminal justice system.
But guess what? Just when you think everything is over, you can move forward and its safe to go in the water, here comes the State Nursing Board reviewing the criminal conviction and surrounding circumstances.
I find nurses do hire a criminal defense attorney for representation in criminal matters but then represent, counsel, and advise themselves (some nurses do a good job, some do okay, and some do a very poor job and really screw things up) before the State Nursing Board in State A; then here comes State Nursing Board B because the action from State A was reported to State B.
By the time, this nurse gets around to contacting a license defense attorney in State A or B, the matter is hot, heavy, and heated.
I charge a flat fee for representation and I charge more for hot, heavy, and heated! Attorneys who bill by the hour will bill (and probably kill to have) more hours for the hot, heavy, and heated also because its more complicated and it takes longer to review and swim to the bottom of a pool of paperwork. Can you tell our swimming pool is open?
We are all professionals and you have a right to represent yourself in any matter involving the government or a govermental agency. Remember you are making decisions that will impact your life and career in nursing and after a criminal conviction, you will still have a life but you may need a second career outside of nursing.