Will you be bar from obtaining a RN License for a refusal DUI charge that's in the ARD program, I know substance control is a bar from entry, but what if it you refuse all test, will you be bar from entry?
I do not believe that a DUI charge is automatically a prohibiting factor from being licensed as an RN. At this point, if you have only been charged, there is no conviction. How your DUI case is resolved in the criminal setting will have an impact on how the licensing board handles its case. If you are able to avoid a conviction by either beating the charges or possibly participating in ARD, the non-conviction will go a long way towards keeping you eligible to be a RN.
I believe that the licensing board can still scrutinize your license application if they believe that you have addictive/abusive issues with regard to alcohol, but you may be able to help your case by scheduling an assessment with an alcohol counselor and completing any treatment recommended by the counselor.
I recommend contacting an experienced DUI attorney in your area to review your case and discuss a plan on how to handle the DUI. The handling of the DUI case and how it is ultimately resolved will be a huge factor that the RN licensing board considers.
Jason S. Dunkle, Esquire
D & H Law Group, P.C.
State College, PA 16801
I've represented quite a few nurses who received ARD and none lost their nursing license. I do know there could be issues if you were charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance, rather than alcohol.
90 days after succesful completion of ARD you can have the record of the arrest expunged from you record.
A DUI is not an absolute bar. You need to consult with an attorney who is familiar with licensing issues in addition to a criminal
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