Professional license denials, suspension and revocations based on Alcohol and Drugs
by Stephen M. Boreman on May 15, 2017
California's attitudes toward drunk driving and the laws reflecting those attitudes, including the laws, policies and regulations of the Medical Board of California, find their roots in the political success of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a private, non-profit organization. In 1980, Candace "Candy" Lightner founded Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) after her thirteen year old daughter, Cari, was killed by a drunk driver with a record of prior drunk driving offenses. By 1984 the organization had attracted the attention of U.S. politicians.
by Stephen M. Boreman on May 27, 2016
An applicant with an expunged felony conviction record for possession of drugs applied to and graduated from medical school after completing probation on the criminal charges. The applicant was completely transparent with the medical school and all subsequent training programs regarding the prior conviction. He fully disclosed the record to the Medical Board on his license application, understanding that even expunged records must be reported under California law.
by Adam G. Slote on August 23, 2014
California RNs often ask the question: "I have a DUI case pending in criminal court and I may go to trial or settle, should I report the case on my license renewal application?"
The answer is No. As of the date of this article, the CA Board of Registered Nursing's license renewal application requires disclosure of criminal convictions, but not pending cases. Some nurses ask whether they should report the case anyway to make the Board of Registered Nursing look upon them more favorably. We have no data to suggest this approach would be helpful and do not recommend it.
by Adam G. Slote on January 23, 2014
An RN who was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol called in terror after reading a legal web site which stated:
"The Board of Registered Nursing is by far the harshest, with revocation as the recommended discipline for a first time DUI."
by Stephen M. Boreman on June 27, 2013
Lately there has been a lot of noise in the news media about the Medical Board of California and question of whether doctors are over-prescribing pain medications. As California administrative law attorneys representing doctors in accusation hearings, we are concerned when the public focus turns to blaming doctors and physician assistants for the lack of treatment and control of drug addiction, rather than looking to the source of th