One common question we get from nurses charged with a DUI is “Will I lost my license to practice?”
This depends on your disciplinary and criminal history as well as a number of procedures which need to be followed.
If you are a nurse and have been charged with a DUI or other criminal offense, you must report these offenses in order to keep your license in good standing. This applies to professional nurses, practical nurses and licensed dietitian-nutritionists in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
According to the bulletin, (you can read the full document at http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol45/45-42/1827.html ) which is in effect as of October 17, 2015, nurses must:
(a) Notify the Board of pending criminal charges within 30 days of the filing of the criminal charges or on the biennial renewal application, whichever is sooner.
(b) Notify the Board of a criminal conviction, plea of guilty or nolo contendere, or an admission into a probation without verdict or accelerated rehabilitative disposition program within 30 days of the disposition or on the biennial renewal application, whichever is sooner.
(c) Notify the Board of disciplinary action in the nature of a final order taken against the registered nurse by the licensing authority of another state, territory or country within 90 days of receiving notice of the disciplinary action, or on the biennial renewal application, whichever is sooner.
If you are a nurse in Pennsylvania and have been charged with a crime, especially if it is a:
- DUID (driving under the influence of drugs)
- drug charge (drug possession or a small amount of marijuana)
- charge related to prescription medication
it is in your best interest to get professional legal help. Depending on the crime and your previous history, you may have your license revoked. With your career on the line, call us. We have helped many people who were facing similar circumstances.
For a free consultation please call 1-866-MCSHANE.