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Healthcare professionals such as physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists, nurses, social workers, dentists, athletic trainers, nursing home administrators and physical therapists stand to lose their practice licenses if convicted of criminal charges. When accused of criminal offenses, these health caregivers must defend themselves before the state licensing board, the criminal court, and their specific professional organizations. Healthcare professions can get convicted under the Public Health Code and the State Penal Code. As evidenced, there is a need for an aggressive defense strategy that is best offered by healthcare government investigation criminal defense lawyers.
Criminal charges against health care professionals
Criminal charges often attract licensing investigation. Some of the common criminal charges that health care professionals face are health care fraud, criminal negligence, drug diversion and Medicaid/Medicare fraud. Other possible misdemeanors include DWI, DUI, assault, disorderly conduct, and shoplifting. These charges can be filed by the relevant authorities or even members of the public. The Department of Health looks into public health violation offenses. Licensing proceedings are heard by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. These charges have far-reaching consequences. To mitigate on the repercussions, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare defense attorney before meeting any of the officials of the board.
Criminal Reporting and Proceedings
The law stipulates that criminal convictions need to be reported to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. This needs to be done within 30 days of a conviction. Upon receiving the charge, the board reviews the allegations and the evidence provided. If they have cause to believe that the criminal charge will affect your ability to practice, they can revoke or suspend your license. This is why it is imperative that you seek immediate counsel once you are arrested, or receive a complaint letter. The report presented to the board needs to put you in a good light such that the board is assured that you can still practice skillfully even as you face the proceedings. Early representation from a good lawyer can prevent a license revocation or suspension.
Choosing a Defense Lawyer
Due to the complexity and the level of detail in health care criminal convictions, you need an experienced defense attorney. They need to understand your profession and have an in-depth knowledge of the law and medicine. They need to be well-versed with criminal and administrative proceedings. They should also be a position to explain to you the collateral consequences that you can face. You need a defense attorney who has a time tested and proven track record in skillfully handling health care criminal charges.