RN with a second DUI

RN with a second DUI -- got a letter I don't understand. Do I need a lawyer now?

I'm an RN in California. I recently (last month) was convicted of my second DUI. My first DUI was in 2007. I got my license back in 2009 and have never had a problem with the BRN.

I just got a letter in the mail offering "diversion." I don't know what this means or whether I should go, and it scares me because it says I will be "investigated" if I don't go to diversion. Should I tell the BRN about my DUI now? My renewal is due in 2016. Is it okay to ignore this letter from the Board?

Nathan’s Answer

A second DUI may reveal a substance abuse problem. You may benefit from diversion. On the other hand, diversion can be costly, and even detrimental to someone who say, has mental afflictions other than substance abuse problems. The issue is not whether to respond or not as many may have assumed, but rather, to have the assistance of counsel to help you determine if Maximus is appropriate for you in your specific situation. It may or may not be depending on your specific facts. A proper response to the diversion offer, if any, can be constructed after such an assessment has been made with counsel's advice.

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