Many New Hampshire residents think of things like trafficking and illegal substances when they hear about drug crimes. A nurse in another state was recently convicted on drug charges that stemmed from stealing drug supplies from medical facilities. According to reports, the defendant began stealing drugs shortly after becoming a registered nurse.
The man pleaded guilty to falsifying records as well as ten counts of stealing drugs. The crimes took place in 2011 and 2012. As a result of the plea, the man is required to pay fines totaling $4,000. He must also make restitution of $8,318 for the thefts.
The sentence in the case included two years imprisonment for two of the theft charges along with a consecutive two year imprisonment. He was also sentenced to four years of probation. With the exception of six months, the man's imprisonment sentences were suspended.
The man's probation forbids him from working anywhere that he could gain access to controlled substances. As a result of the charges and convictions, his nursing license is reportedly currently suspended. The medications the man stole included morphine, meperidine, fentanyl, and hydromorphone.
In some cases, the best criminal defense for a defendant may be a plea bargain. Cooperating with authorities in an investigation may bring the best possible outcome. It's important to consider personal, social, and career consequences in addition to legal sentences when considering a plea, and to discuss all of these factors with your defense attorney. It is important to note that admitting to a crime may compromise professional statuses or licenses and therefore your career.
Source: Fosters, "Nurse sentenced for stealing drugs, falsifying records" No author given, Apr. 17, 2014