When I was 20 years old, I made the mistake of getting a DWI in a state in which I do not reside. In the state where I received the DWI, a DWI is not considered a crime, felony or misdemeanor. It is considered a motor vehicle violation. My lawyer said I would not have a criminal record and would pass a background check.
I am a licensed RN in one state and want to move to another state. I am confused with how to go about reporting this prior conviction. I also want to know if it will prevent me from being licensed in the state where I want to move. I have paid for my mistakes and have not made that same mistake again.
Dear Nancy replies:
Your best bet would be to contact a nurse attorney or other attorney in the state where you want to move and get specific advice about how you need to handle the application for licensure questions. The attorney you select should practice in the area of professional licensure defense so that he or she can help you to truthfully answer the questions about prior convictions.
You can help yourself prepare for the consultation by going to the state board of nursing’s website where you are planning to move and download the application for licensure. Review the questions the board asks on the form about prior convictions and also if there is/are separate questions about DUIs and/or motor vehicle violations.