Fresno DUI|LIcensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

I completed nursing school and I'm on probation for a DUI, will this stop me from becoming a nurse?

One of the best careers is nursing, especially here in the Fresno area.  In the Central Valley a nursing career can provide an excellent income and favorable working atmosphere for many motivated and intelligent people.  It isn't easy to even be accepted to nursing school, much less pass the exams and receive a nursing license from the State of California.  There are numerous medical facilities and hospitals in close proximity to Fresno, Madera, Hanford, and Visalia.

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Will a DUI keep me from Being an LVN?

A Licensed Vocational Nurse, or LVN license can help provide these career opportunities to motivated and intelligent people.  The licensing program, which is the National Council Licensure Examination, also known as the NCLEX-PN is a challenging process.  However, imagine successfully completing all the required education and tests, then finding out you have been denied.

In an instand, your life dream is turned upside down because you are arrested for a DUI while attempted to become licensed nurse and practice in your chosen field.

In Fresno a DUI that occurs in 2014, and leads to a conviction in 2015 will likely, but not necessarily, result in three years of probation, while up to five years is possible.  Even if you complete your DUI Classes and Adult Offender Work Program (AOWP), this will result in probation into 2018!

If for instance you finish school, pass all required exams, and send in all the necessary documentation, from your DUI, then find out you have been denied an LVN license because of your DUI conviction!  What can you do?

Denied and LVN License! What now? What can I do?

The State Board may want proof that you are rehabilitated.  You have already satisfied part of what they want, you have paid your fines, completed your DUI classes, and finished your AOWP without any violations of probation.  This is a good start, but there is more that you can do to help yourself obtain your goals.

There are other steps that can be taken.  For instance, you could consult with a Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney who understands DUI's and DUI Law.  The goal of a knowledgeable attorney would likely be to try and terminate probation early.  This would likely include showing  the reasons you should have you probation terminated, in this case to assist with professional licensure to help you obtain career goals and be a positive, productive member of society.   Another step, which may occur simultaneously would be to petition the court to Dismiss you conviction per PC 1203.4.  Many state licensing boards view these steps as evidence of rehabilitation.

Nurses may also be randomly tested, and as part of licensing or terms of employment nurses may be tested.  This is in part due their access to drugs, stresses of employment conditions, and the incredibly sensitive nature of their work.

I also recommend keep several certified copies of all court paperwork showing you have satisfied terms of probation, paid all necessary fines, completed you AOWP, and if you have probation terminated early and recieve a 1203.4 dismissal, make sure to keep certified copies to provide future employers and licensing.  Also check to make sure all the information on the paperwork is completed properly.  A simple error on the part of the clerk checking the wrong box can make all the difference in the world.  

For instance, one individual seeking a professional license from the State of California was hindered due to the clerk checking the "Completed, Unsatisfactory" box on the judicial form rather than the "Completed, Satisfactory" box.  This was especially troublesome when seeking state licensure, in part because it was so obscure.  The individual had to track down the error, have it changed, then re-submit the new and corrected form to the moral character investigator.  It contributed to a lengthy delay in licensing and unnecessary interruption to a young professionals life. Don't let a simple human mistake on paperwork go uncorrected, as it may be more difficulty a time passes.

Call Fresno, Ca Criminal Defense and DUI Attorney Jonathan Rooker for help today.

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Fresno DUI Lawyer Jonathan Rooker: Fresno area law enforcement agencies have some of the strictest DUI enforcement policies in the Nation. The first decision an officer makes during the DUI enforcement is the decision to stop the vehicle. It may be a driving pattern, maintenance infraction, tinted windows, or other issues the lead the officer to make that decision. The next decision is whether to have the driver exit the vehicle and conduct a DUI investigation. Factors include odor or alcohol, red watery eyes, and slurred speech. Timely stopping, parking, and fumbling with a license or insurance paperwork, all influence the officers decision to continue the investigation. Once outside the vehicle the subject may sway or have trouble following directions. At the conclusion of the third stage, the officer decides if there is probable cause for an arrest. If you are arrested, there are steps you should take on your own behalf. It is important for anyone cited for DUI to contact the DMV within 10 days to preserve their right to an Admin Per Se Hearing in front of a DMV officer. Failure to contact the DMV within 10 days may result in the suspension of your driving privilege. Remember, the officer arrests at probable cause, but it takes proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict. If the officer does their job right, a large percentage of the people should be found not guilty.

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Fresno & Madera Criminal Defense Lawyer Jonathan Rooker: Domestic Violence (DV) charges, punishments, and your rights is something you need to understand if you've been accused. DV charges can result in a sentence of probation, jail, and/or prison. DV can be charged under various sections including PC 243(E) or the more serious PC 273.5 Felony (DV) accusation. Many convictions result in being sentenced to a 52-week program, referred to as the Batterers Treatment Program (BTP). The right to own, possess, or use a Firearms, a serious issue for many people who grew up in the rural valley hunting, fishing, and target shooting can be lost forever. While Judges routinely advise those convicted of misdemeanor Domestic Violence that they will be prohibited from owning firearms for 10-years, the Federal Government will preclude gun ownership for the remainder of the persons life if they are convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. It is important that the court knows you are a law abiding, upstanding, and productive member of society. Don't let an accusation turn into a lifetime of being stigmatized as a criminal.

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Experienced Fresno and Madera County Criminal Defense Attorney Jonathan Rooker understands the needs of each client are quite unique to each individual client. Some clients are looking to keep their drivers license, others are looking to avoid long periods of incarceration. Many times pride and principles are cited for the client's motivation to achieve a particular resolution to their case. Many clients just want to put their life, family, and career back together. It is the responsibility of the defense attorney to coordinate and effective defense for the benefit of the client. It is essential that I provide the best defense for the individual person and their specifically tailored needs in life. I will help you by building the best defense that the facts allow. One important aspect of hiring a private attorney is the time they spend listening to your needs, and working to obtain an effective resolution under the circumstances. When these problems arise, it's time to reach out for a helping hand. I handle criminal defense cases on a daily basis, helping people with their issues. Let me help you.