If you’re a nurse licensed in Pennsylvania, a DUI not only carries possible criminal penalties, but it could also impact your ability to work. Depending on the circumstances, your license could be suspended or revoked. If you’re a nurse charged with a Chester County DUI, the Skinner Law Firm can help your criminal and professional defense.
Whether you work in a small medical practice, a school, an outpatient clinic, or Chester County Hospital, you need your job. In addition to what you may have to do because of the criminal charges, you need to protect your nursing license.
You may consider hiding your DUI. But, under the State Board of Nursing’s regulations, you have to report an arrest, conviction, no contest plea, probation without a verdict, or an accelerated rehabilitative disposition program. Your failure to comply could be grounds for discipline.
Under Pennsylvania’s Professional Nursing Law, the Board may suspend or revoke your license when you:
If you’re arrested for DUI, it may trigger an inquiry about whether you’re dependent on alcohol or drugs and if it’s impacting patient care. If the DUI is based on impairment due to a controlled substance, the Board could revoke or suspend your license because you possessed, acquired, and used it. This DUI conviction could happen anywhere and impact your license. If your DUI actions are considered willful, or this isn’t your first DUI conviction, this is another ground for suspension or revocation.
Before the Nursing Board can suspend or revoke your license to practice:
If you’re a nurse facing drunk driving charges in or around West Chester, Pennsylvania, there is a lot on the line. You may go to jail, lose your driver’s license, and possibly lose your professional license too. Because so much is at stake, you need an experienced attorney who will protect your rights and ability to work.
Michael J. Skinner is experienced and ready to take on your case. He knows how the Nursing Board approached DUI cases. He will listen to you, investigate the facts, identify your defenses, and find the best possible outcome for you. By getting the charges dismissed, you may be able to avoid any discipline from the Board. In other cases, you may be able to reduce the harm done, so you can quickly move on.
By Michael Skinner |
15 Nov, 2020