I am putting this out here because I have seached and searched for a story like mine, I know someone out there has to be in a similar situation or have been. I hope this helps someone! I will start from the beginning. In May of 2007 I was in the thrawls of an addiction to opiates and broke, so I made the stupidest decision of my life and wrote some prescriptions forging the Dr. I was working for at the time's name! I got caught and I was charged with "principle to obtain a controlled substance by fraud" 3rd degree felony in the state of Florida and "possession of blank rx form" misdemeanor. I was so lucky I was offered a Drug Court program and I really needed it! The office I worked with did not want to press charges, but they did report me to the board. The state was pressing the charges. I had a Board Order and the stipulations were I enetered into Florida's diversion program (IPN) satisfy the contract which was psych eval., urine drug screens, nurse meetings, etc. probation stuff and 2 courses in ethics. I started IPN IN March 2009 After 19 months, in and out of jail for sanctions for not staying sober, group meetings, aa and na meetings, therapist, and worst of all losing my bestfriend/fiance' of 14 years in a car accident I graduated!
This was only the beginning of the story. The last part must not of saved.
After I graduated from Drug court and had a license with stipulations I got pregnant and had to drop out of the IPN which was board ordered. So the Board conducted another investigation on me and gave me a settlement agreement. I had to go back into IPN and finish the program and 2 courses everything that was in my previous board order I didn't finish because I was only in for a couple of months. I HAD 60 DAYS! I did it.
Now I have a Florida license with Obligations(IPN Contract). Well life goes on and people move.
Well I had to move to CALI. I applied to the BVNPT for licensure by endorsement in February of 2011 after contacting me twice for more info, they sent me a denial letter in October 2011. They said I showed a willingness to comply with sentencing requirements, but I had not shown a committment to my sobriety or law abiding citizenship! WT*...
I couldn't believe this. I have done nothing but the two latter reasons! But I didn't submit any letters from AA or my sponsor. I did submit proof of negative random drug screens for 3 years and compliance to IPN and Drug Court.
I appealed the decision that day, just ridiculous. After researching and calling professional licensing attorney's, asking the board numerous questions, calling the Office of administrative hearing, the attorney generals office almost daily. I finally got a hold of the deputy attorney general handling my case! We talked for quite awhile. She explained to me how everything worked and I ask her about the options several attorney's had told me about in FREE CONSULTATIONS.
I am interested in a settlement agreement, I don't mind stipulated terms. I'm gonna get them anyway! She told me if someone takes the time to seek her out and talk to her about there case she gets to that case quicker. She told me my case was new to her so she had a couple a head of me, but she would get to it by the end of the month/beginning of next! That satisfied me, since I have heard this can take over a year from the denial!
Then we talked about the settlement. She said once she sends me the "statement of Issues"(not the "statement of reasons" the board sends you), I need to review it and gather all evidence that is pertinent the more the better, Character reference letters, etc. Send it to her with the terms you would like the settlements to be and she will present it to the board. She said she would rather do settlements when they are an option.
If you are planning on represnting yourself, which I am because I can't afford the $1500-$7500 retainer fee these attorney's need before they start on your case, this is what they would be doing for you! I am not a lawyer/attorney by any means, but if you have cold hard evidence, don't let these attorney's take advantage of you when you could do the same thing they make you believe that only they can do!
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