An Ohio hospital caught one of its nurses diverting controlled substances and stealing drugs for personal use at home. The nurse was terminated and sought treatment from the Health Professionals Recovery Program (HPRP), a substance abuse treatment program. Over a year later, Lucas County brought criminal charges against the nurse for theft of drugs. The nurse was residing in Michigan at the time of the charges and was lost on how to handle an Ohio criminal case or how it would impact the nurse’s professional license.
Benefit of Using Chapman Law Group:
We were retained to assist the nurse in the criminal matter and minimize collateral consequences to the nurse’s employment and nursing license. The nurse had obtained new employment and continued practice in Michigan. A conviction would have resulted in the loss of the nurse’s job and action by the Michigan Board of Nursing. Through our extensive research of Ohio law and negotiation with the local prosecutor, we were able to successfully obtain intervention in lieu of conviction. This allowed the nurse to complete a short probationary period continue the nurse’s current substance abuse treatment. When the nurse’s probationary period is over, the Ohio charges will be dismissed and there will be no conviction on the nurse’s record.
Because Chapman Law Group obtained an intervention in lieu of conviction for the nurse, it allowed the nurse to continue successful treatment, without additional treatment imposed by the court, and remain licensed and practicing. The nurse’s employer took no negative actions against the nurse and allowed the nurse to continue employment. As a result of our case strategy and actions, the nurse faced no disciplinary action by the State of Michigan and continued practicing without obstruction.
Areas of Law:
Professional Licensing Defense
Nursing License Defense
Administrative Hearings and Complaints
This information is a sample of our past results. Prospective clients may not obtain the same or similar results. Every case is different and each case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits. The circumstances of your case may differ from the results provided. The information provided has not been reviewed or approved by the State Bar.