Helping Nurses Defend Their Licenses
Like doctors, nurses are specially licensed. Caring for patients is a privilege that you have no doubt worked very hard to earn. Unfortunately, a criminal accusation — whether in a medical setting or in a your personal life — can have serious repercussions on your 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 license suspension and issues stemming from criminal accusation for nurses across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Our clients come from a variety of backgrounds such as:
- Registered nurses (RNs)
- Licensed practical nurses (LPNs)
- Nurse practitioners
- Nurse anesthetists
- Nursing assistants
- Emergency room nurses
- Nursing home nurses
Email us to ask about a free consultation regarding concerns with your license.
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Facing the Criminal Charges
Any type of crime may be reported to the licensing board that issued your license, whether it relates to your practice or not. 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.
You need to enlist the help of an attorney 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 convicted of a crime will end up facing jail time, fines and the loss of their licenses, this is not always the case. In certain situations, a nurse may be eligible for a diversion program, depending on specific criteria such as 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 with clients on an individual basis.