Police car with siren lights on pulling over a nurse for a DUI

Can You Be a Nurse With a DUI?

California, Arizona, and Texas Registered Nurses Arrested for a DUI

A Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrest is traumatic enough for the average driver, but for registered nurses, it is especially devastating. The $3,500 fines can quadruple once the state board of nursing discovers it. They can revoke your nursing licensing. Your entire career could be over.

The Six Things You Must Know as a Nurse with a DUI

If you are a nurse who has been recently arrested for a DUI, there are six things you must know:

  1. Your license is in serious jeopardy, and we’re not just talking about your driver’s license.
  2. The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), the Arizona State Board of Nursing (AZBN), and the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) will absolutely file an accusation against your RN License.
  3. Most BRN, AZBN, and BON accusations that call for revocation or suspension of RN Licenses are for DUI arrests.
  4. You do not have to be convicted of the DUI for the BRN, AZBN, or BON to file the accusation.
  5. Even a DUI reduced to a wet and reckless is cause for discipline with the BRN, AZBN, and BON.
  6. You must promptly disclose the conviction to the BRN, AZBN, or BON or face additional penalties for unprofessional conduct.

The Importance of Attorney Representation

Nurses who have attorneys representing them are most successful in having the RN License accusation dismissed, having the discipline reduced to a public reprimand, or receiving probation in lieu of revocation.

Not just any attorney will do. Attorneys are specialists. Just like in medicine, they specialize in a specific type of practice. Expert Registered Nurse License Defense Attorneys are hard to come by. We know the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), the Arizona State Board of Nursing (AZBN), and the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) deadlines. We know the Nurse Practice Act. We know the BRN, AZBN, and BON, and we know the Deputy Attorney Generals assigned to your case. RN Guardian and its panel attorneys are nationally recognized for nurse licensing issues.

A Nurse with a DUI Will Need Two Different Attorneys

An experienced DUI lawyer will cost a first-time offender $5,000 to $8,000. Even so, the conviction rate for a DUI is still a staggering 75%, according to the latest Annual Report of the California DUI Management Information System. But it is imperative to make sure your DUI lawyer understands that your RN License is on the line and the DUI will affect the RN License.

RN Guardian can provide both a DUI attorney and an RN License defense attorney. Our DUI defense attorneys have over 25 years of experience and only represent professionals with a career to lose. We know what it takes to ensure that saving your driver’s license doesn’t jeopardize your nursing license.

RN Guardian: Flat Fee Agreements and 98% Success Rate

Our RN License defense attorneys have flat fee agreements, which are less than 1/3 of what other firms charge to represent RNs with DUIs. If you had to choose between the DUI attorney and the RN License attorney, the choice should be obvious. One lawyer has a 25% chance of saving your driver’s license for a year; the other attorney has a 98% chance of saving your entire career.

Our RN License Attorneys have a 98% success rate in license retention for first-time DUIs and are 90% successful in defending nurses with more than one DUI.

There’s No Time to Lose

With so much on the line, there is no time to lose. Call us now at 800-506-9766. We will explain the process and answer all of your questions.  

Our panel attorneys and BRN, AZBN, and BON experts can help save your RN License and your career.