CA nursing license appeal process

  1. Does anyone have any advice on the appeal process in California? My nursing license was denied in at the beginning of August (I applied April 1, 2013). I had a public intox five years ago in a different state. The charge was exonerated from my record, which means I was found innocent of the charge and was pardoned by the state. Legally, California cannot discriminate against an exonerated charge, but they did. I contacted a lawyer and we thought that I would not have to go through the entire appeal process, but the BRN is requiring that I go through the appeal process. I sent my appeal in one week after I received my denial letter. I was contacted two weeks ago stating that they have my appeal, but they needed a signed document regarding my exonerated charge. I quickly overnighted it to them, and they are sending all of my info to the AG. I am freaking out because I started graduate school with the thought that I would not need to go through a lengthy appeal process because it is a mistake on the BRN's part, an illegal one! Now my graduate school has informed me that if I do not have my license by December, I will be dropped from the program because I cannot go into a hospital without a license. I have been trying desperately to get my appeal expedited, but nothing is expedited with the BRN! My case has not even been assigned yet. I am debating driving to Sacramento once my case is assigned to an attorney. Does anyone have any advice regarding the appeal process or any information that could possibly help? I am freaking out.... I moved across the country for this program. I have not been in any other trouble. I am hating myself for even disclosing it on my endorsement application, since I did not have to.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Sep 26, '13 : Reason: formatting/font
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