Nurse and DUI? Here’s what happens next:
A nurse, a firefighter and a lawyer walk into a bar… what, you haven’t heard this one?
Wait, that’s because it isn’t really a joke. If a firefighter and a nurse and DUI happens, they may both lose their careers if they don’t have the right lawyer defending them.
When the majority of the population gets arrested for a DUI, they can hire any DUI lawyer to represent them because it does not really matter as much. It will not affect their job like it will for a nurse or firefighter. They can choose the cheapest guy, like the one who is working-out-of-their-mom’s-basement. They can choose the smarmy guy on the freeway billboard or the guy who’s paid for the first page of Google. But it will matter for Nurses, LVNs, EMTs, and Paramedics… they should not hire that guy, they are going to need to dig a little deeper for right fit. A licensed health professional is going to need a law firm that specializes equally in two areas of law: Criminal (for the DUI) and Administrative (for the Professional License), because at the end of the day, what really matters is the professional’s career and license.
For a licensed health professional like an RN, EMT or Paramedic, the DUI is the least of their concerns. The real concern is how the DUI conviction will impact the licensee’s professional health care career. That is why it is so critical for a licensed nurse, EMT or Paramedic to hire a DUI defense attorney who understands how the DUI will impact the professional license. For example, a nurse who is arrested for a .11% BAC should find a lawyer to fight tooth and nail to get the charge reduced to a Wet and Reckless, because the BRN will only impose a citation and fine of a few hundred dollars for a W&R. The same RN who pleads no-contest DUI conviction will be placed on probation for 3 years and have to comply with 19 probation requirements which can cost $15,000.00 AND pay up to $4000.00 in cost to the BRN.
While for a paramedic or EMT jobs relies on them being able to drive, he/she needs a lawyer who knows the loopholes in a DMV hearing and how that impacts a Class A driver’s license. The DUI lawyer needs to know that a conviction will eventually cause a paramedic’s professional license to be suspended for 2-6 months. If a valid paramedic license is a condition of employment, the ignorance of the DUI attorney could cost the paramedic their job.
Because we work with licensed health professionals, I’ll use a medical analogy. Let’s say Joe has a multi-million dollar tennis career but his arch in one foot has issues and his elbow is acting up. Would Joe go to the podiatrist for the elbow knowing that his career is dependent on an expert for both issues? Of course not! He would see a podiatrist for the foot and an orthopedist for the elbow and would be very selective about each doctor and would gladly pay a little more for “the best.” I’m certain if Joe stumbled upon a One Stop Shop practice with an expert podiatrist and an expert orthopedist, his choice would be pretty simple.
Nurse and DUI
Here’s a newsflash: nurses and firefighters with EMT or EMTP certifications as well as dentists and doctors, all have multi-million dollar lifetime careers and knowing that career can be jeopardized by not having and expert in each area is something to be aware of. Fortunately, Goyette & Associates, Inc. has experts in both Criminal Law, DUI Defense and Administrative Law, Professional License Defense… making us that very rare, One Stop Shop. And while you may pay slightly more for a criminal defense attorney with a stellar 27 year career than you would for smarmy-billboard-guy, we can virtually guarantee that the little extra on the front-end will save you that amount ten times over on the back-end. The $1000.00 is not a bad gamble when there is a million dollar career at stake.
If you find yourself googling: “Nurse and DUI,” and are wondering what happens next and what you should do, please call me for a complimentary no-pressure consultation. We can help both firefighters and California Registered Nurses. I will explain the process, answer all of your questions, and give you all of your options moving forward. My number is: 800-506-9766.