In many criminal cases, alleged offenders are primarily concerned with avoiding being sentenced to any term of imprisonment. They are often more willing to plead guilty to lesser charges if it also means lesser punishment.
However, there are others for whom any type of criminal conviction can have devastating consequences. It is critical for many certified or licensed professionals to get criminal charges dismissed or achieve some other favorable outcome that avoids the possibility of having their careers derailed.
If you were recently arrested for any criminal offense in Nevada and you are concerned about the impact that the charges could have on your certificate or license, you will want to be sure that you are working with knowledgeable legal representation. The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger aggressively defends all kinds of licensed professionals throughout Clark County, including North Las Vegas and Henderson.
Clark County attorney Jeffrey Jaeger has studied and written about the rules of evidence in the courtroom, and he co-authored Westlaw’s Courtroom Handbook on Nevada Evidence that is used by judges and litigators all over the Silver State. You can have him review your case to discuss all of your legal options as soon as you call (702) 816-3888 today to take advantage of a free initial consultation.
All applicants for nursing licenses and nursing assistant certificates in the Silver State are required by the Nevada State Board of Nursing to answer five screening questions relating to criminal convictions, discipline in other states, and chemical dependency, among other issues. The second question specifically asks, “Have you ever had a criminal conviction, including a misdemeanor or felony, or had a civil judgment rendered against you?”
If an applicant answers “YES” to this question, then he or she must attach the following to his or her application:
It is important to answer this question honestly because an applicant who answers “NO” can have his or her application denied as a fraudulent application if the Board finds he or she has a conviction. The application can be brought before the Board for acceptance or denial if the applicant has more than two criminal convictions within the last seven years or if a felony conviction.
The Board will deny an application that has any of the following convictions:
An applicant who is granted a license or certificate by the Nevada State Board of Nursing, but has one of the criminal convictions listed above, will be prohibited by the Nevada State Health Division from working in any capacity in a facility for intermediate care, facility for skilled nursing, home health care, or a residential facility for groups.
Under Nevada Revised Statute § 391.330, the Nevada Department of Education may suspend or revoke the license of any teacher, administrator, or other licensed employee for a conviction of a felony or crime involving moral turpitude, among other offenses. A criminal history background review is part of the licensure process for educators applying to obtain or renew licenses in Nevada, and this review determines whether a conviction is disqualifying or not.
Superintendents of schools of Nevada school districts and administrative heads of Nevada charter schools are required by Nevada Revised Statute § 391.055 to notify the Department of Education any time a licensed teacher is arrested for an act which may be grounds for revocation or suspension of his or her license. This notification needs to be made within 15 calendar days after receiving notification or obtaining knowledge of the arrest.
The Board of Trustees or other governing body for a charter school is asked to indicate whether it recommends the suspension or revocation of an employee’s educator license on these notification forms. The Nevada State Board of Education can suspend or revoke the license of any teacher, administrator, or other licensed employee for any of the following reasons:
The Nevada State Board of Accountancy has the power under Nevada Revised Statute § 628.390 to revoke or suspend the certificate of any certified public accountant (CPA), any registration or license granted to a registered public accountant, or any registration of a partnership, corporation, limited-liability company, sole proprietorship, or office after the board has given adequate notice and conducted a hearing regarding a criminal conviction. Under the same statute, the Board can also revoke, suspend, refuse to renew, or publicly censure the holder of any permit, license, or registration or any natural person granted practice privileges.
The Board can initiate proceedings based on its own motion, on the complaint of any person, or on a complaint made by a board of accountancy of another state. A written notice of any hearing needs to be served to the alleged offender at least 30 days before the date of the hearing.
A hearing can be conducted by the Board (less any member or members who have been disqualified without appointing persons to replace the disqualified members) or a member of the Board appointed as a hearing officer with the remaining Board members reviewing the record, making a final decision, and issuing the order (unless the Board consists of less than three members to hear or review the case, in which case, the Governor will appoint one or more qualified persons so the review panel consists of at least three persons). The decision of the Board must be by majority vote.
Convictions for felony offenses relating to the practice of public accounting under the laws of any state or jurisdiction or any crime involving an element of dishonesty, fraud, or moral turpitude may be cause for a hearing. Additional causes may include any one or combination of the following:
There are several other licensing boards in Nevada that have their own codes of conduct and standards for license revocation or suspension. These include, but are not limited to:
Are you worried about how your recent arrest in Nevada will affect your professional license or certificate? The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger can fight to protect your career by getting these criminal charges reduced or dismissed.
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