Q: Can I become a licensed vocational nurse in California with expunged criminal record?
My case happened last 2012 but I was arrested and convicted for misdemeanor false imprisonment and battery last 2014. I don't have any more money to pay for my lawyer to go trial and dont want to stay in jail for long. So I just took the deal given by the DA which is misdemeanor false imprisonment and batteyr with another 3 months home arrest and 3 years probation. I took the deal because my lawyer told me that I could expunged my records after I finish my probation and start fresh. After 1 year of my probation I asked for expungedment to court and was granted.
I am planning to take LVN program with my wife but I read the requiremnents that I need to do Livescan fingerfrint to get in the program and another livescan to apply for license.
A: Yes, you may be able to obtain an LVN license but you will be required to disclose the conviction despite expungement. Many criminal defense attorneys don't realize that expungements do not make the convictions go away for professional licensing purposes and routinely provide their clients with inaccurate advice. Failure to disclose will constitute a fraudulent application, so it is preferable that you hire a professional license defense attorney to assist you in the application process and potential application denial appeal proceedings. Our offices specializes in Nursing licenses applications/defense matters, so you can call the office for a free consultation or seek another lawyer via the Find a Lawyer tool on this website.
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