Gavel on top of a piece of paper that says “DUI: Driving under the influence.”

As a nurse, your commitment to professionalism is unwavering. Facing a DUI accusation is a challenging place to be in. Join us as we guide you through the crucial first steps in facing a DUI accusation as a nurse. From grasping the seriousness of a DUI in your career to taking swift action and seeking expert legal advice, we’re here for you. Your nursing journey matters, and we’re by your side every step of the way.

First Step: Hire an Attorney

When it comes to DUI cases for healthcare professionals like you, the legal process can be challenging to navigate. Understanding the unique intricacies of how a DUI might impact your nursing career requires expertise. That’s where legal professionals specializing in nursing license defense (that’s us!) step in to offer their insight. 

In this critical moment, seeking the proper legal support is non-negotiable. Choosing an attorney experienced in nursing license defense can make all the difference. This is where RN Guardian steps in. Our specialists comprehensively grasp the healthcare industry’s regulatory framework, ensuring they fully understand your professional world. Our expertise becomes your shield, safeguarding your career while you focus on addressing the situation at hand.

At RN Guardian, we’re not just a legal representative but your advocate, ensuring your rights are upheld throughout the process. We can guide you through the complexities of the legal system, translating the jargon into actionable steps. From advising you on the best course of action to representing your interests in legal proceedings, we will help you confidently navigate this complex process.

Second Step: Be Mindful of What You Share with ANYONE

When facing the aftermath of an arrest, it’s imperative to adopt the silent approach for self-preservation. Remember – anything you say can be used against you.

Refrain from disclosing your arrest to the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) without legal guidance. By choosing this route and seeking legal counsel first, you preserve your strategic decision-making ability and ensure comprehensive awareness of potential implications before taking action. Your decision at this pivotal juncture plays a crucial role in safeguarding both your nursing career and legal rights.

Third Step: Disclose Conviction, Not Arrest, to the BRN

When communicating with the BRN, it’s essential to differentiate between an arrest and a conviction. This clear distinction ensures information is shared accurately. An arrest represents the initial stage of a criminal case, while a conviction signifies the final determination of guilt based on evidence and legal proceedings.

Additionally, understanding the specific reporting requirements for convictions tied to DUI charges is crucial. This knowledge empowers you to provide the necessary information in compliance with regulations. To navigate this process effectively, seeking guidance from a qualified attorney is highly recommended. With legal counsel, you can prepare a precise and comprehensive disclosure to the BRN, positioning yourself for the best possible outcome.

RN Guardian Can Help

Navigating the complexities of a DUI charge as an RN can be stressful, but you don’t have to face it alone. RN Guardian is your ally in this challenging phase, offering expertise, guidance, and unwavering support. By partnering with us, you equip yourself with the tools to make well-informed decisions, protect your nursing career, and secure your future. Your professional aspirations matter, and with RN Guardian by your side, you’re never alone.