As other posters have statd, this is not the place to seek legal advice, for that you must contact a lawyer.Your questions regarding ability to practice must be directed to the state BON of which you intend to work.For the record, most all nursing programs
, at least those around my part of NYC require students to disclose any prior arrest/conviction records as part of the applicantion process. If anything shows up applicants are directed to contact the NYS BON to seek information as to if they will be eligible for licensure upon graduation. There is also the question of if certian clinical settings will accept a person with a conviction, even a minor one.Aside from federal laws, different states have various laws regarding what sort of criminal record bars a person from becoming licensed. Disorderly conduct while considered an "offense" in some states, can be a crime in others, either way some states, (IIRC, New Jersey is one), bars persons with disorderly conduct offenses on their record from obtaining a license. However being as this may, as noted above, you must contact your state's BON and take things from there, as each situation is judged on it's own.Not to nitpick, nor kick a person when they are down, you posted that until the BON sent their letter, you "forgot" all about the event. That you have no memory of being arrested and convicted of something might seem a bit far-fetched for some to believe.As part of any clinical setting employment screening process, you will be asked about any criminal record/background. To say "no" then later on something different comes to light, merely saying one "forgot" normally isn't enough to prevent termination for cause.Many persons have things in their past they aren't too proud of, however it is far better to admit the mistake and show how one has moved on in life, than to "forget", or in anyway be less than honest. For some that merely shows the event may not have been simply a temporary case of poor judgement.Best of luck and keep your head up!