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Experienced Nurses Convicted Of Driving Under The Influence Avoid Formal Discipline

Posted in Licensing Defense

Although the Board of Registered Nursing’s website does not make it clear, Registered Nurses are required to disclose their conviction within thirty days. Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations Section 1441(c). When disclosing a conviction to the BRN it is important to provide documentation of mitigation and acceptance of responsibility with the goal of potentially resolving the matter before the case has been forwarded to the Attorney General’s Office and an Accusation is made public.

Once the case has been forwarded to the Attorney General’s Office, an Accusation detailing the conviction will be made public, and the punishment imposed may be more stringent. By attempting to litigate the matter early, the licensee will have multiple opportunities to demonstrate that formal discipline is not necessary or appropriate.

Recently, our office has represented two experienced Registered Nurses, who made mistakes and were ultimately convicted of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol. By being proactive, providing lengthy mitigation packets, and zealously advocating for our clients we were able to avoid the filing of an Accusation and avoid formal discipline. The Nurses continued in the profession they cherish without the public stigma of discipline. Both nurses were instead issued a Citation and required to pay a nominal fine.

If you have been arrested or convicted of an offense, do not hesitate in contacting our office at (619) 237-6130.