Self Reporting For Criminal Conduct

Don't Jeopardize Your Career By Making The Wrong Move

Being arrested and charged with a crime is traumatizing enough. No one wants to have to announce that he or she has been charged with a crime.

As a registered nurse or other licensed health care professional, however, there are regulations requiring self-reporting of many criminal charges and/or convictions. It is important to understand exactly when you are required to self-report, and what the ramifications could be of both reporting criminal charges, and failing to do so. Whether you've just been arrested and are contemplating your options for informing your board, or are preparing for what's next now that you have reported, The Zoldan Law Group is here to give you experienced legal advice and aggressive representation throughout the process.

We can begin preparing a game plan to protect your career as soon as you're formally charged with a crime. Call 800-568-7801 to speak with a lawyer who can evaluate how misdemeanor or felony criminal charges might affect your professional license.

"When Do I Have To Report An Arrest Or Criminal Charge?"

The Arizona State Board of Nursing requires self-reporting only for filed criminal charges; simply being arrested does not trigger a self-reporting requirement.

If you are charged with any felony, you must report the charges to the board within 10 business days after the charges are filed. Failing to do so could result in additional administrative discipline if and when the board does learn of the charges from another source.

By contrast, not all misdemeanor charges have to be self-reported. The board has identified several types of misdemeanor charges it believes require disclosure within 10 business days; these include:

  • Drug/alcohol-related offenses, such as DUI, illegal possession and public intoxication
  • Sex offenses, including rape, sexual abuse, possession of child pornography and solicitation
  • Assault-related offenses, including domestic violence, violating an order of protection and illegal firearm possession
  • Property crimes, including larceny, shoplifting, embezzlement, fraud and identity theft

There are many other crimes for which self-reporting within 10 days is required. To learn if you must disclose your charges to the Board and get help with all aspects of any administrative investigation, contact The Zoldan Law Group now. Call our main offices in Scottsdale at 800-568-7801 or send an email to speak with an attorney. We're ready to help.