Step 1. Get an attorney ASAP. Alcohol convictions cause a lot of problems with the nursing board. The attorney may also need to represent you before said board.
You and your attorney should then explore the multiple approaches that could be undertaken to have this issue be resolved in a way that has minimum impacts on your future.
The law office of Anders Ferrington 601-316-8428 practices state wide. In no way am I offering you legal advice, and in no way has my comment created an attorney-client relationship. You are not to rely upon my note above in any way, but instead need to sit down with counsel and share all relevant facts before receiving fully-informed legal advice.
There are at least two very important considerations to address:1,Ole Miss has a two strike policy on alcohol related offenses,which may include "drunk in public"charges.One more alcohol related charge(DUI,open container or drunk in public) will subject you to removal from campus;2 ,The nursing board can deny,or restrict your ability to practice.I have represented clients before the nursing board,and found the board to be very NON-forgiving,with automatic referral to the recovering nurse program,and sentences of six months to five years of on the job supervision by another nurse. this day and time no business wants to hire two nurses to do the job of one nurse!
First do not represent your self in court,you will not win. Second hire a lawyer. Third,do not plead guilty. Lastly,fight your case in court! Good Luck.Vic Carmody
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Hire yourself a lawyer who has experience handling cases in Oxford. An experienced lawyer has many options available which may be able to keep it off of your record.