A DUI or driving under the influence conviction can create significant problems for people
in today's society. However, nowhere does a DUI cause more trouble than for those in
California with a medical or nursing license. The California Board of Registered Nursing
is particularly strict on those under its licensure who have been accused of a DUI. As a
California DUI Attorney I am often asked what the
specific consequences are for Nurses and those wishing to become a Nurse. Initially, it must
be stated that when we say DUI, California regards that as driving under the influence of either
drugs or alcohol. It is important that any offense be deemed to involve alcohol only and not
drugs. Most Nursing Boards really hate any type of drug offense due to the nature of the
job. What will happen with my nursing license if I am convicted of a DUI? This question
is typical of those following an arrest for driving under the influence.
In the state of
California, a criminal conviction is not grounds for discipline or loss of license unless it is
"substantially related" to the qualifications, functions and duties of the
profession. The appicable law and statutory inerpretations can be found
in Business and Professions Code section 490 (b).
With that in mind, when a DUI arrest
occurs the individual is booked and fingerprinted and therefore the arresy will usually be reported
even though the person has not been to Court. A Lawyer can go to Court and try to avoid a
conviction on the DUI charge. If you are already a nurse, a DUI will usually not result in a
termination, however it will cause problems. If you want to become a nurse then a DUI will
cause more problems, in either event having a DUI attorney representing you is the safest bet.
There are strategies than can be employed to mitigate the effects of a DUI arrest and how it will
impact a nursing carreer. So if you are a nurse, especially a registered nurse or RN in
California, and get a DUI call a lawyer that is local to the area where your arrest took
place. A DUI Lawyer can help with a plan to mitigate the damage of a DUI arrest. For a
nurse, this means dealing with not only the criminal court proceedings, but also the fallout the
drunk driving arrest will have on the individual's job as a nurse.
Matthew J. Ruff is a DUI
Lawyer with offices in both Los Angeles and Kern County. He has effectively represented Nurses
in all major cities in Southern California including Los Angeles, Redondo Beach, Long
Beach, Bakersfield, Hermosa Beach among many others. In one recent case he defended a
traveling nurse that was pulled over in Los Angeles County with a blood alcohol level well over
twice the legal limit. He went to Court for the nurse and resolved the case for a reduced
charge and got the DUI charges completely dismissed, she kept her nursing license and her job.
If you or someone you know is a Nurse in California and has been arrested for a DUI, contact
a DUI attorney that has successfully resolved cases
involving all types of criminal allegations brought against nurses, such as drug allegations, hit
and run, high blood alcohol levels on breath tests, accidents with injury, among many others.