Arrested in PA for DUI: General Impairment

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I was arrested for DUI, General Impairment 0.086% Breathalizer Test. Was informed by the DA today I will get the ARD program, probably 6 months probation etc. Does anyone know what will happen when I renew my LPN license next June? The DA said the DUI gets taken off my record after completion of the ARD program....Will I loose my LPN license? Im scared to death....Im a single parent....with 2 kids....

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questions we seem to be encountering more and more often have to do with the effects of a criminal history on nursing licensure:

  • is it possible to become licensed as a nurse if you have a criminal history and if so, can i get a job?
  • is it possible to become licensed as a nurse if you have a mip, dui, or other related charges?
  • what happens if you are charged or convicted of a crime after licensure?
  • can i go to nursing school and/or be licensed/be employed if my record has been sealed or expunged?
  • what if i have a “deferred adjudication”? will i have to declare this as a conviction?
  • will i be able to go to nursing school and/or attend clinicals with a criminal record?
  • what can happen if i receive a mip/dui/dwi or other charge while still in school?

these are questions that the members of cannot answer. the only reliable source of information is your state board of nursing.

if you are currently licensed as a nurse and have been charged with or convicted of a felony or misdemeanor including dui/dwi or any criminal offense, you need to contact the bon in every state you hold a license/wish to be licensed and ask their reporting requirements.

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per pa license renewal:

if the answer to any question is “yes”, attach full details and appropriate supporting documents with a signed and dated personal explanation.

a. have you ever been convicted*of any crime, felony or misdeameanor, and/or do you

currently have any criminal charges pending and unresolved, in any court?

yes (attach documents and explanation.) no

b. for disciplinary reasons, have you ever withdrawn an application for a license, had an

application for a license denied or refused or agreed not to reapply for a license in

any state, territory, possession or country? a license includes a registration or


yes (attach documents and explanation.) no

c. have you ever had a license suspended or revoked or otherwise been the subject of a

disciplinary action by any licensing authority in any state, territory, possession or


yes (attach documents and explanation.) no

* convicted includes judgment, found guilty by a judge or jury, pleaded guilty or nolo contendere, received probation without verdict, disposition in lieu of trial or ard.

more info here: pa license renewal: are you guilty of a crime of "moral turpitude"???


best wishes in moving forward with this chapter in your life.

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