I am getting ready to finish my BSN program in October 2011 and should be eligible for boards. Last March I did a really stupid thing.... I drank too much and got behind the wheel of my car (i thought I could make it home because it was less than 1 mile awary.,....wrong) anyway a car pulled in front of me and I hit the back of the car. I was charged with a DUI Misdemenor , had to do 8 days of commuity service, DUI classes x 9 months, counseling sessions every other week. IN addition I joined AA and got a sponser wihtin 48 hours of accident. I have been attending 1-2 AA meetings a week. I HAVE NOT HAD ANY ALCOLHOL SINCE THE ACCIDENT. I have know what I did was STUPID. I have 2 little girls and I want to be in their lives and I want to be abble tto support them. I have no history of any crminal behavior. I received a letter stating that I was denied the right to take boards ...........and of course my appeal rights. I just recieved info from th AG office today telling me how to put my packet togheter and sell myself. He told me there is a 50% chance I will never get a license... this seems a little extreme. I know tthat I was wrong when I made the decision to get behind the wheel - I went through court without an atty because I knew I was wrong and I didn't want to try to fight sonmething that I was guility and I didn't want to sped thousands of dollars for the sane outcome. My question is this...............SHOULD I NOW GET AN ATTORNEY???? Like most of the people on this website I have huge student loans and most important I WANT TO BE A NURSE! I have worked really hard to get to this point and I can't believe that 1 stupid decision is going to keep my license from me forever!!!! It was a simple misdememor, no history of any other violations, I am married with 2 kids............... I did a stupid thing but I dont' want to lose evrything I have worked for. I would love to hear from anyone who has been through this......I'm scared, I'm angry, I' frustrated..............mostly confused about next step and would an attorney really nelp.