WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET A CRIMINAL CONVICTION IF I ALREADY HAVE A FLORIDA NURSING LICENSE?
If you already hold a Florida Nursing License you can be subject to disciplinary action by the Board of Nursing if you are found guilty of certain crimes. For other crimes you can be subject to a disciplinary action even if you pleaded no contest or adjudication was withheld.
A disciplinary action can lead to the worst-case scenario: losing your license to practice nursing and your livelihood. Our top priority in any criminal case is protecting our client’s future. We will fight to keep your record clear so that you can keep your license.
If you have been arrested or accused of a crime, please read below to find out more about how a criminal charge or conviction can impact your license.
What if I am not adjudicated guilty or I just plead “no contest?”
Many people believe that simply pleading “no contest” or having adjudication withheld on a criminal charge is enough to protect their professional license. However for many crimes it doesn’t matter. If you plead “no contest” to certain crimes you may be subject to disciplinary action by the Board, even if adjudication is withheld:
What actions can the board take against my license?
If the Board decides to pursue a disciplinary action, the punishments can include the following:
- Refuse to certify, or to certify with restrictions, your application for licensure;
- Suspend or permanently revoke your license;
- Restrict your practice;
- Give an administrative fine not to exceed $1,000 for each count or separate offense;
- Issue a reprimand or letter of concern;
- Put you on probation for a period of time and subject to such conditions as the board sees fit;
- Corrective action; or
- Require that you undergo remedial education.
Can I get a criminal record sealed or expunged?
To learn more about the process for sealing or expunging a criminal record please read our guide to the process:
Protect your future: contact us now to speak with an attorney
If you are criminal charges and have a nursing license, contact us immediately for a free consultation. Our top priority is protecting your future.