Criminal Charge... Last Semester of School

  1. Hello all!

    I am in my last semester of a BSN program here in Texas. I was almost finished with my last semester when I realized I was pregnant. I was having morning sickness like crazy and my medication for bipolar disorder (lamotragine 100 mg) was not metabolizing so I went in a downward spiral pretty fast. My boyfriend at the time and myself had gotten into a fight at my apartment complex and neighbors could hear us, so they called the cops on us. My ex left before the cops showed up, leaving me to deal with the ordeal. When the police officers came to my door, I was terrified. They let themselves in the door and closed it behind them. This made me very uncomfortable to be alone with two male police officers and being super paranoid off my medication, I ran from them. Long story short, I was charged with resisting and evading arrest. My resisting arrest conviction was dropped in court, but I am on probation now for 9 months for the evading arrest charge. my school is letting me finish courses, but I don't know what the BON in Texas is going to tell me.

    Is there any chance that they will allow me to take my boards? I was not in a good place at the time and really stressed with school. I was almost done. I'm in dire need of some advice. Has anyone been convicted of a misdemeanor/felony in Texas and was still able to be a nurse?? My charge is a class A misdemeanor, by the way.

    I'd appreciate any feedback, knowledge, and wisdom.
  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   ItsThatJenGirl
    Contact the TX BON, they are the only ones that can answer that. You also have to disclose your bipolar disorder, which I'm sure you're aware of.

    Good luck.
  4. by   meanmaryjean
    If your real name is the same as your screen name, you should change it ASAP. Too many personal details to have out in public with your name on them.
  5. by   Flatline
    Your lawyer sucked.

    If I was in your shoes I would get another lawyer to take a look at it to see if they can get the charges thrown out and/or expunged. If they cannot now, after you serve your probation go back and and then get it expunged.

    Otherwise contact the BON as soon as possible and discuss the issue. Hiding criminal issues is a sure way to get on the BON's bad side so make sure you are open and honest.

    I suspect they will not license you until your probation is done.
  6. by   CrazierThanYou
    I'm sorry this happened to you. I hope it gets worked out.
  7. by   UTHSC_Bound
    The board will likely hold your ATT card to sit for NCLEX. You will be required to send in court documents and a detailed description of the event. TX schools do background checks in the state. the BON does a national check. They held my ATT for an 11 year old charge that was dropped in another state. I sent in my stuff they gave me my card to sit. Its important to be honest. If you have medical proof your meds "were not metabolizing" I would include that as well. But even then the events you are describing - a screaming fight that was audible to neighbors - may poorly reflect on you.
  8. by   Shortone7
    Do you seriously have to tell the BON you are bipolar? Is that just Texas or any state? I find that incredible.