Case Result: Nurse Practitioner Who Pleaded to Reckless Driving Instead of DUI Provided Sufficient Self-Report, Avoids DOH Investigation

Registered Nurse/Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Primary issue:
Client, a registered nurse and advanced nurse practitioner, was arrested on DUI. Client did not have any priors with law-enforcement or any disciplinary history. Eventually, after trying to fight the case, the client decided to take a plea to reckless driving, a lesser included offense. This triggered the requirement for completing a self-report within 30 calendar days of the date of the plea.

Our Florida regulatory and healthcare licensing lawyer completed the self-report for the client, including mitigating evidence. We included ample case law to show that nurses convicted of vehicular manslaughter were found not to have committed a crime that would relate to the practice of nursing; therefore, we argued, the client, having been convicted only of reckless driving, should not be subject to a Florida Department of Health (DOH) investigation.

The DOH reviewed the case and provided us with letters indicating that the self-reporting requirements have been satisfied, and the information would remain confidential.

Areas of Law:
Healthcare Licensing
Professional Licensing Defense
Substance Abuse & Impaired Practitioners

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Sara A. Bazzigaluppi


Professional Licensing & Regulatory Affairs, Civil Litigation

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6841 Energy Court
Sarasota, FL 34240
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