Nursing Professional Licensing Standards

Recently, Governor Dayton signed a new law changing or tightening the standards for licensing nurses by the Minnesota Nursing Board.  The legislation was spurred by complaints that the Nursing Board has been too lax in dealing with nurses who, for example, had been accused to being addicted to drugs, stealing drugs, convicted of felonies, or lying about past criminal convictions.  Members of the Nursing Board serve for four-year terms, and the Governor appoints the members of the Board.  Recently, the terms of four members expired and Governor Mark Dayton appointed four new members to try to get the Board to act more “strictly” against nurses.

These legislative enactments highlight the importance of Professional Licensing.  Keller Criminal Defense Attorneys has represented professionals in various criminal cases, including doctors, lawyers, nurses, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, etc.  Max A. Keller and Keller Criminal Defense Attorneys has also represented doctors, nurses, insurance agents, etc. in Professional Licensing actions before the Board of Nursing, the Board of Physical Therapy, the Department of Commerce (which licenses insurance agents), etc.  Many professionals find that the threat to their professional license is more important than anything that could happen to them in a criminal case, etc.  If you are a professional facing professional licensing action, contact an experienced Minnesota Professional Licensing Attorney right away.

Max Keller has won countless jury trial cases involving misdemeanors and felonies, sex crimes, and DWI’s. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, which only allows the top 50 criminal defense attorneys in the state as members. Max is a frequent speaker at CLE’s and is often asked for advice by other defense attorneys across Minnesota.

What to Do If You Have Been Charged with a Criminal Offense

Getting falsely accused of domestic violence in Minnesota may put you at risk of losing your job, custody of your children, or even your home. You may face criminal charges and the accusation may damage your reputation in the community, as people will now view you as an abuser. False domestic violence accusations often happen when couples are in a contentious relationship with a risk of divorce.
The top reasons for license suspension in Minnesota include driving under the influence of alcohol, repeated traffic violations, and failure to appear in court or pay fines. Failure to pay child support, criminal convictions and felonies, medical conditions/disabilities, and drag racing can also lead to license suspension. The suspension takes away your driving privileges, preventing you from driving legally.
Motorists arrested for allegedly driving while impaired might wonder, “Can you refuse a breathalyzer?” In Minnesota, the implied consent law requires a person licensed to drive, control, or operate a vehicle to agree to a chemical test to check for alcohol or other intoxicants in that person’s body. Refusing to submit to a breathalyzer or another chemical test is a crime, often charged as a gross misdemeanor.