I'm a recent ADN graduate as of December 2011. I applied to the BRN to sit for NCLEX January 2012. Today is 5.10.12 and I received a call from a supervisor of he BRN (left her a message, she returned my call). The call informed me that I was DENIED to sit for NCLEX. I have yet to receive my denial letter (It should arrive within the next 2 weeks). I was convicted of a crime of "moral turpitude" in 2002 (I was 21); the charge was "defraud; embezzlement for $180. I owned up to my mistake, paid for my mistake, and took/take full responsibility for my crime. This is a crime that was dismissed and expunged (I am aware that it will forever follow me regardless of the expungement). My question is/are this/these...has anyone gone through this process. I am aware I will have to appeal it. I will have to sit before a judge. I will not be able to afford an attorney, I barely have a roof over my head and food in the fridge as is. I have been a licensed phlebotomist since 2008 and up to date. Why would I be allowed to obtain a Phlebotomy license with this conviction? How can I even get in to nursing school with this conviction? and then be denied to sit for NCLEX? I understand the differences between a phlebotomist vs. RN but seriously?? I'm still dealing with pt records and pts. I submitted all of the documents and character letters of recommendations that were asked. I don't know how I can be proactive while I wait for my letter. It's been 5 months since i've graduated and the BRN Rep said that the appeals process can take a minimum of 6 more months. They also said that there will be an attorney to contact on my letter to see if I can "settle" out side of court.. What does that even mean? If anyone has been through this or has tips and or advice as to how to go about the appeals process, how to approach the lawyer listed in the denial letter once received. even words of encouragement would be great. I am beside myself with grief. All the hard work, the sacrifices my husband made for me to get through school, not to mention the strain on every relationship I have while in school, the embarrassment, the humiliation of having to respond to all those who keep asking me "have you taken NCLEX yet?" I don't even know what to say now. My mother-in-law has been an RN for 35+ years and suggests I apply/sit in Missouri (that was our original plan until my car was stolen and bank acct wiped out 2 days after graduation.) Any thoughts on that?