Waiting for appeal, but just got DUI charge. Need help!!
- 0Jul 21, '12 by enclavetsA few months ago, I went to an appeal to get approval to take my NCLEX in California without any restrictions on my license, because a misdemeanor in the past. I just got approved. But unfortunately, during the time I was waiting for the boards decision I got charged for a DUI, blew 0.08. I'm awaiting court date right now and there's a good chance I will be convicted. Should I notify the Board now or wait until after court. Any advice or feedback would help. Thanks.
- 1Jul 22, '12 by VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN GuideYou're probably not going to like what I have to say, but here goes.
For one thing, you'll need to notify the BON (within two weeks in my state, your mileage may vary) of the fact that you were arrested and charged. If you're convicted of the DUI, you'll need to notify them of that too.
I hope you take these lessons to heart and reflect on them often in the coming weeks and months. I'm not trying to dump on you, but being a nurse requires maturity and insight, and these are traits you need to work on. Best of luck to you.Last edit by traumaRUs on Jul 22, '12 : Reason: Off topic
- 0Jul 22, '12 by nursingnerd25Personally I would wait until you are convicted to notify the BRN but I would most definitely hire a lawyer to fight the DUI charge. The DUI charge is solely the most important thing to focus on at this given time. eYou honestly never know what can happen in court and remember you are innocent until proven guilty. Without being convicted, the BRN cant interven with you license. Fight hard and I wish you the best of luck.
- 0Jul 22, '12 by boomertxLawyer up! Hire an attorney who specializes in DUI defense and fight this charge. .08 is the legal limit so arguably you are not dui unless over it. If you get convicted then advise the bon unless you have to fill something out again that for your license that asks about any arrests. Good luck.
- 1Jul 22, '12 by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorMany states--and many BONs--have zero tolerance laws, so even if you are not legally drunk you can still face repercussions to both your drivers' and/or nursing licenses.
We can't offer legal advice here, so if you haven't got the lawyer, get one ASAP. And check with your BON to see if you have to notify them of the charge before you go to trial. You can ask them anonymously if you prefer.