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As a doctor, you have spent countless hours attending medical school and surviving your internships. Your work is a source of great pride and is essential to providing for yourself and your family. For these reasons, it is especially painful to have your professional integrity under scrutiny. If you are a New York doctor and are facing possible investigation for medical misconduct or criminal charges, you may benefit from speaking with a lawyer about your case. An experienced medical license defense lawyer can help you during the investigation process and beyond.
What Is Medical Misconduct?
While there are many different situations in which doctors may be called into question, some of the most common offenses that are considered medical misconduct in New York are:
Doctors who are arrested and charged with a crime may also be subject to review from the New York Medical Licensing Board. The Department Of Justice is required by law to inform the Board of any arrests, even if they do not occur while you are on duty. Some examples of crimes that may put your medical license in danger are driving under the influence, domestic battery, fraud or drug possession.
Penalties For Medical Misconduct
Doctors who face disciplinary action by the Board may receive penalties such as:
If You Are Under Investigation
All investigations of doctors for medical misconduct must go through a specific process. During this process, you can choose to attempt to handle the charges on your own or hire a medical license defense lawyer for help. It is not recommend for you to navigate the legal process without an experienced lawyer. Your medical license is your most valuable asset and you should do everything you can to protect it. While there is an appeals process if the Board does not decide in your favor, it is very difficult to reverse a decision to revoke a doctors medical license.
What Can A Lawyer Do For You?
There are several ways a lawyer can help you defend a medical misconduct claim. During the course of the investigation, your lawyer can:
Medical professionals in New York who are in danger of losing their license to practice medicine, should contact a license defense lawyer as soon as possible for advice. During an initial consultation, your lawyer can review the facts of your medical misconduct case and help you decide on the best course of action. Your lawyer will work hard to protect your medical license if possible. In many cases, the Board will consider alternatives to suspending or revoking a medical license if certain conditions are met. Keeping your reputation and your medical license intact is of the utmost importance as you weave through the legal process.