DUI Convictions And Nurses & Mineworkers


How Does Having A DUI Conviction On Your Record Affect Your Ability To Enroll In Health And Nursing Programs In The Maricopa County Community College District?

This is something that has come up in the context of cases a lot recently. Through the Maricopa County community college system, many people want to become nurses. Since 2011, the rules have changed. A conviction for any criminal offense now bars a person for three years of going into the nursing program. Even though a conviction for DUI would not have a direct effect on the person’s ability to become a nurse or their ability to do the nursing duties it will affect their ability to enroll in a Maricopa County College nursing program.

Three years is a long time, especially for a young person who may never end up in the profession. That’s where a conviction for a DUI can have a very adverse effect on somebody who wants to become a nurse through the community college system.

In addition to that, although the nursing school at the Arizona State University does not have the same policy, people have been denied entry into the program because of a DUI conviction. The school may think that the person would have difficulty becoming a nurse because of a DUI conviction.

Between the community colleges, the rigid policy of no convictions within three years for anything, and the ASU’s policy of not wanting people to go through nursing school if they’ve had a conviction, it becomes very difficult for somebody to become a nurse if they have been convicted of driving under the influence.

What Effect Can A DUI Conviction Have On Someone’s Ability To Be A Mineworker?

This is an interesting scenario which can be affected as a result of a DUI charge. Attorney Gordon Thompson recently had a case of a miner who was charged and found guilty of DUI marijuana. He had a permit from the Federal Government’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau (ATF) to handle high explosives because he was a miner.

He had a very good paying job that paid him well over $100,000 a year to be a miner. His problem was that the ATF used a conviction for DUI to say that since he was a DUI marijuana, he was user of an illegal drug or a habitual drug user. As a result, he was disqualified from having a permit.

However, the fact is that it wasn’t the conviction per se but rather a conviction for DUI drugs. In short, he was barred from having a permit and lost his job. Although he was a holder of an Arizona medical marijuana card, which means that at least under Arizona law, he may lawfully use marijuana, under federal law it was not allowed.

Marijuana use and possession is still illegal under federal law. In order for this person to now get the permit back, he could say, “I’ve learned the error of my ways, I don’t use marijuana.” However, he will have to sign an affidavit or a sworn statement saying that he no longer uses marijuana. If he has a marijuana card, then that can be an issue. In short, he will be barred from having an explosives permit.

A DUI Conviction Can Have An Impact On Professions Like Nursing And Mine Working. For information, call the law office of Gordon Thompson for a free initial consultation at [number type=”1″] and get the information and legal answers you’re seeking.

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