Wednesday, 27 July 2011 19:30Written by Jennifer Coalson
California Registered Nurses Arrested for a DUI
Can you be a nurse with a DUI?
A Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrest is traumatic enough for the average driver but for California registered nurses, it is especially devastating. The $3,500 fines can quadruple once the BRN discovers it. Your nursing license could be revoked. Your entire career could be over.
If you are a nurse who has been recently arrested for DUI, there are 5 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) will absolutely file an accusation against your RN License.
- 3. The vast majority of Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) accusations 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 Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) to file the accusation.
- 5. Even a DUI reduced to a wet and reckless is cause for discipline with the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).
- 6. You must properly disclose the conviction in a timely manner to the BRN or face additional penalties for unprofessional conduct.
Nurses who have attorneys represent them with the Board of Registered Nurses (BRN) 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 very specific type of practice and expert Registered Nurse License Defense Attorneys are hard to come by. We know the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) deadlines. We know the Nurse Practice Act. We know the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) and we know the Deputy Attorney Generals assigned to your case. RN Guardian and its panel attorneys are nationally recognized for nurse’s licensing issues.
A nurse with a DUI will need 2 different attorneys. For a first time offender, an experienced DUI lawyer will cost $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 effect the RN License.
RN Guardian can provide both a DUI attorney and a 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 make sure that saving your driver's license doesn't jeopardize your nursing license.
Our RN License defense attorneys have flat fee agreements which are less than 1/3 of what other firms charge to represent RN's 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.