I finished nursing school and was denied to sit for nclex due to a recent misdemeanor conviction. I have a formal hearing with the BON coming up, and I am very confused as to what happens next. I'm reading so much about hearings & that it isn't wise to appear without an attorney...I'm also being told that an attorney can not help me much, as I have been found guilty & I just need to try to explain my situation the the board, bring character witnesses if possible, character reference letters etc. etc. I just want to completely own up to my misake and see if I can be licensed, if not then sometime in the near future. I was even advised by several atorneys that I spoke with that, they cannot guarantee that I will get a license. A nurse that I know, told me that bringing an attorney also angers the board, but the hearing will be heard before the boards prosecuting attorney? I just don't know what to do? If anyone has been in a similar situation and can offer any input, I would really appreciate it!