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I am very sorry to hear about this unfortunate situation.
Unfortunately, a background check would reveal this recent arrest on your record.
I have never had anything like this happen before.
Is the only charge that you are facing is "disorderly conduct?
Yes as far as I know. That is what my citation says. I wasn't sure if it counted as an actual arrest because I didn't have to be bailed out or anything and I guess they told my boyfriend they were just keeping me to "sober up".
It would be counted as an arrest, since you were charged with a crime.
Some charges require bail / bond to be posted and some less serious charges do not, in order for the defendant to be released.
Okay. When I go to court should I just plea guilty?
It is never a good idea to plead guilty.
If you do plead guilty, you would also have a criminal conviction on your record.
Okay but If I plead not guilty, what would happen then?
Basically, disorderly conduct is a minor misdemeanor, which is punishable by a $150 fine, but it is still a crime.
So if you plead not guilty a trial will be scheduled to determine whether you are guilty or not of disorderly conduct.
Also, there are some circumstances where prosecutor can elevate the charge of disorderly conduct-intoxicate to a 4th degree misdemeanor and that offense carries a penalty of up to 30 days in jail and fine of $250
It couldn't have happened at a worse time, if it would have happened even 2 weeks later, I would probably have been in the clear because this background check is going to my school and the ohio board of nursing for when i take my state boards.
Should I go ahead and just talk to my director of nursing at school and explain my situation?
I completely understand.
It would be a good idea for you to consult with a local criminal defense attorney and hopefully a local criminal defense attorney would be able to either get this charge dismissed on some legal technicality or get you acquitted at trial or at least get you into the first offender program which can help you avoid a criminal conviction, which never looks good on a person's record.
Okay. Thank you. I've been having different people tell me different things like its "no big deal" and things but I'm already a licensed practical nurse and working on my associates and I'm pretty sure any crime is grounds for being kicked out of the nursing program, not to mention I don't want to get fired for my current nursing job. My boyfriend feels horrible for calling but he really didn't have a choice. He said he would be willing to go to court and maybe mention that he thinks I was "drugged" possibly. Would that help anything?
Well, it might help, if it can be proven that you were involuntarily drugged at the time of the incident.
I picked up a 12 panel drug test the next day and passed it. I don't think it would have been a "date rape" drug or anything because of how destructive and everything I was being.
Well, any evidence or facts can be introduced at trial by your local attorney to explain your disorderly conduct.
Okay. Well thanks so much!
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