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florida nursing licenseWhat 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:

  • Any crime that directly relates to the practice of nursing;
  • Any crime that directly relates to the ability to practice nursing;
  • Any crime of domestic violence;
  • Any crime of adult abuse or neglect;
  • Murder;
  • Manslaughter, aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person or disabled adult, or aggravated manslaughter of a child;
  • Vehicular homicide;
  • Killing of an unborn child by injury to the mother;
  • Assault, battery, and culpable negligence, if the offense was a felony;
  • Assault, if the victim of the offense was a minor;
  • Battery, if the victim of the offense was a minor;
  • Kidnapping;
  • False imprisonment;
  • Luring or enticing a child;
  • Taking, enticing, or removing a child beyond the state limits with criminal intent pending custody proceedings;
  • Carrying a child beyond the state lines with criminal intent to avoid producing a child at a custody hearing or delivering the child to the designated person;
  • Exhibiting firearms or weapons within 1,000 feet of a school;
  • Possessing an electric weapon or device, destructive device, or other weapon on school property;
  • Sexual battery;
  • Prohibited acts of persons in familial or custodial authority;
  • Unlawful sexual activity with certain minors;
  • Prostitution;
  • Lewd and lascivious behavior;
  • Lewdness and indecent exposure;
  • Arson;
  • Burglary;
  • Voyeurism, if the offense is a felony;
  • Video voyeurism, if the offense is a felony;
  • Theft, robbery, and related crimes, if the offense is a felony;
  • Fraudulent sale of controlled substances, only if the offense was a felony;
  • Abuse, aggravated abuse, or neglect of an elderly person or disabled adult;
  • Lewd or lascivious offenses committed upon or in the presence of an elderly person or disabled adult;
  • Exploitation of an elderly person or disabled adult, if the offense was a felony;
  • Incest;
  • Aggravated child abuse, or neglect of a child;
  • Contributing to the delinquency or dependency of a child;
  • Negligent treatment of children;
  • Sexual performance by a child;
  • Resisting arrest with violence;
  • Depriving a law enforcement, correctional, or correctional probation officer means of protection or communication;
  • Aiding in an escape;
  • Aiding in the escape of juvenile inmates in correctional institutions;
  • Encouraging or recruiting another to join a criminal gang;
  • Sexual misconduct with certain forensic clients and reporting of such sexual misconduct;
  • Inflicting cruel or inhuman treatment on an inmate resulting in great bodily harm;
  • Harboring, concealing, or aiding an escaped prisoner;
  • Introduction of contraband into a correctional facility;
  • Sexual misconduct in juvenile justice programs;
  • Introducing contraband introduced into detention facilities.

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:

Guide to Sealing or Expunging Criminal Records

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.

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