I was involved in an incident tonight where a woman flagged me down and started cursing me out. So, I got out my car and we were in each others face. Well, she pressed charges on me for "touching" her chest. I'm like "we both have breast" it's hard not to touch. So, I have to go to court now and worse case scenario, I'll be charged w/assault and battery, which is a misdemeanor.
My question is, would that hinder me from getting a job as a nurse if I am convicted?
Feb 17, '11
by mudd68, BSN
If possible, try to get a lawyer. Even a public defender. If you need time to do this...you can usually have your hearing post poned to seek council. Do your best to get this case dismissed/thrown out! My ex attempted to get my nursing license taken away by injuring himself and stating I did it. He even had his young children lie and state they witnessed this!!! The police did arrest me because they have to if a report of violence is made...but I was very honest and told them my side, including the fact that I am a nurse (LPN working toward RN at the time.)
My lawyer gave me legal advice to 'voluntarily' attend anger management classes, which a judge will normally order you to do anyway in situations like these. I attended them on my only day off (working and going to school full time) and I had to pay for them out of pocket!!! When I went if front of the judge...my lawyer explained the situation, stating I had attended the classes voluntarily, and that I was a professional nurse. The judge dismissed the case. The down side to the whole thing is that once you are finger printed/booked into jail, your prints will always show up on a background check. Also, you do have to report it to your BON b/c it is a criminal charge. I just make sure I have my documents showing that my case was dismissed. You can usually obtain them online.
Since this incident (over 5 years ago) I have become very protective of my nursing license. I learned how easily it can be taken from me if someone has the mind to do it. There are people (such as my ex) who will try to take anything good away from you that you have going on! He couldn't stand the fact I was leaving him and he tried all he could do to ruin my life and future. I was able overcome it (and you should be too)...but as I said, it still follows me b/c any job or school I apply for I always have to confront that background check and know my prints will be flagged. I'm always honest and tell them upfront. Be careful & good luck!
Last edit by mudd68 on Feb 17, '11