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Will a DUI Stop Me From Getting an LVN License?

Most of us want to earn a decent living, especially when we live in places like Southern California where rent for a small condo can easily exceed $2,000 per month. One way to earn enough to survive in LA or Orange County is to earn a professional license, for example by becoming a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).

In order to become an LVN, you will be required to complete an accredited program that should take about one year if you study full time. You will also be required to obtain a license before you can get a job. Once you are certified in practical nursing, you will have to take the National Council Licensure Examination, also known as the NCLEX-PN.

You Are Arrested for DUI

In the middle of your licensing, you’re arrested for driving under the influence. You were arrested for DUI in 2014 and you finished your LVN nursing school in 2015. You completed your 9 month DUI classes, your community service and you paid all of your fines. You will be on probation until 2017.

You took your exams and passed with flying colors. You sent in all the documentation that was required for your DUI, but then you found out that you were DENIED your LVN license.

The state board informed you that it understands that you did everything required of you for your DUI, however, you are still on probation until 2017. Now, you’re thinking, “This is completely ridiculous.”

What can you do?

The board wants to see that you are rehabilitated. So far, you have done exactly what the board is looking for, you have complied with your conditions of probation and you’ve done everything that you’ve been ordered to do.

With this in mind, you want to consult with a DUI lawyer in the county where the DUI occurred. The goal of your attorney will be to terminate your probation early and get your conviction dismissed pursuant to PC 1203.4. Taking these steps would show further evidence of rehabilitation.

Your lawyer can also help you with an appeal. We do know that nurses are randomly tested, so you may be required to take a separate program that’s specifically for nurses since a lot of them develop substance abuse problems due to their access to drugs.

Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to see what we can do to help resolve your licensing issue. All of our initial consultations are free.