Reporting a Criminal Conviction as a Nurse

Reporting a Criminal Conviction as a NurseThe experience of being charged with a criminal offense is challenging for anyone to go through. Florida nurses who are convicted of or enter a plea to any criminal charge must face penalties imposed by the court and report the plea to the Florida Board of Nursing.

Under Section 456.072(1)(x), licensed Florida nurses have 30 days to notify the Board after entering a plea, receiving a conviction, or the court withheld judgment. Failing to do so may lead to a Department of Health investigation launched into possible infringement along with potential impacts on licensure.

If you’re a Florida nurse who’s been convicted of or entered a plea to a criminal act, we highly encourage you to contact The Umansky Law Firm as soon as possible. Our team of professional license defense attorneys can help you gather the necessary documents to self-report to the Board of Nursing and develop a thorough defense to protect your nursing license.

Orlando Attorneys for Florida Nurses Alleged of a Crime

Your criminal defense attorney representing you in your criminal case should be well-versed with reporting requirements for Florida healthcare professionals. At The Umansky Law Firm, our highly experienced criminal defense lawyers can counsel and construct an effective defense for you against any felony or misdemeanor offense.

Our criminal defense lawyers have a strong understanding of reporting requirements for licensed Florida nurses who enter a plea to any misdemeanor or felony charge. Additionally, we can help you write a letter and provide the relevant documents through the Florida Health Care Complaint Portal. We stand by our clients and guide them through every step of this process so they can move forward in their life.

Why Nurses Should Retain a Seasoned Criminal Defense Attorney

The Umansky Law Firm defense lawyers also counsel Florida nurses who forgot or failed to report a conviction to the Board of Nursing, usually because the criminal lawyer who formerly represented them did not grasp the requirements. Don’t make the mistake of managing this situation without qualified legal aid.

Retain a defense lawyer who can defend you at every stage of the case so that you can make an informed decision about how best to work out all facets of your case.

How Is a Failure to Report Investigation Conducted Against Nurses in Florida?

As a Florida nurse, you’ll be notified of a failure to report investigation via a letter from an investigator with the Consumer Service Unit of the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Florida Department of Health.

The Department of Health letter might describe that the Consumer Service Unit was alerted of a lodged complaint and found that you may have breached the Practice Act, which regulates the nursing profession. Whether as a result of a lodged complaint or another reason, the letter will explain that an inquiry has been initiated.

Additionally, it will detail a request for a written response within 20 days of receiving the letter. Upon receiving this letter, your medical license defense lawyers should submit a request in writing for a copy of your complete investigation file. The lodged complaint with all information related to the investigation is kept confidential from the public until ten days after the Probable Cause Panel receives and reviews the inquiry to establish whether a breach did occur.

The Probable Cause Panel includes a few members of the Board and sometimes a layperson. The key to a favorable result is to obtain the counsel of a professional license defense attorney who is experienced in appearing before the Board of Nurses, like those with The Umansky Law Firm.

How Else May the Florida Board of Nursing Discover a Criminal Conviction?

The Board of Nursing may discover a nurse who fails to report a criminal conviction in a few ways. Anyone can file a complaint through the Florida Health Care Complaint Portal, which often launches an investigation.

Alternatively, the Department of Health may receive a “print hit” that shows that the subject has an arrest record or a confidentiality case summary. A criminal conviction may also be discovered when the Department of Health collects an internally created complaint through the Retained Fingerprint Background Check that displays a match for an unreported conviction.

Retain a Seasoned Medical License Defense Lawyer in Orlando

If you’ve been convicted of a criminal offense as a licensed nurse in Florida, contact The Umansky Law Firm to secure skilled advocacy or your professional license and future. We have more than 100 years of combined legal experience and vigorously fight to protect your nursing license.

Lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm include former prosecutors, successful defense attorneys,  and attorneys with experience working for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and the Department of Health. To speak with a skilled medical license defense lawyer, complete an online contact form or call today at (407) 228-3838.