Like doctors, nurses are specially licensed to do their duties. Caring for patients is a privilege that nurses work very hard to earn. Unfortunately, a criminal accusation — whether in a medical setting or in a nurse's personal life — can have serious repercussions on his or her nursing license.
At the law firm of Hark and Hark, we understand the effect that criminal issues have on a nurse's job and work hard to see that you retain or reinstate your license whenever possible.
Our firm handles nursing license suspension and professional licensing issues that stem from a criminal accusation for nurses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Our clients come from a variety of nursing backgrounds, such as:
- Registered nurses (RNs)
- Licensed practical nurses (LPNs)
- Nurse practitioners
- Nurse anesthetists
- Nursing assistants
- Emergency room nurses
- Nursing home nurses
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Facing the Criminal Charges
Whether you are charged with the theft of patient property or drunk driving, any type of crime may be reported to the licensing board that issued your nursing license. After the reporting, you will have to address the issue with the board. Your license may be suspended pending the outcome of the case, suspended for a certain period of time, or revoked. However, it is important to note that any type of crime may be grounds for license suspension.
Be careful. Call or email me before you agree to enroll in a Voluntary Recovery Program or sign any letter of agreement. This could become a binding contract requiring you to undergo unnecessary treatment even though there is no drug issue. Mandatory drug tests, testing expenses, and unnecessary treatment will follow for which you cannot afford, do not need, and do not wish to undergo.
Though many nurses who are convicted of a crime will end up facing jail time, fines and the loss of their professional licenses, this is not always the case. In certain situations, a nurse may be eligible for a diversion program, depending on specific criteria, including the type of crime that is being charged.
Completing the diversion program may allow you to regain your license in the future instead of having it permanently revoked. However, each situation is different and we can address the diversion program option with clients on an individual basis.
Contact a nursing license suspension attorney at the law firm of Hark and Hark today. We can meet with you and handle any criminal and/or licensing issues for nurses in Pennsylvania or New Jersey.
Free initial consultation. Reasonable rates and payment plans. Major credit cards accepted.
24-Hour Professional License Hotline: 1-877-4-HARK-LAW (1-877-442-7552)