A criminal conviction can have a drastic impact on your life, affecting your personal relationships, financial situation, and educational opportunities. A conviction can be especially serious if you are a professional who must be licensed to legally practice within your state. Even a criminal charge without conviction can have a negative impact on your career, possibly resulting in suspension or even revocation of your professional license.
If you are a licensed professional who has been charged with a crime, it is therefore important to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to prepare your criminal defense and your case to keep your license.
Types of Cases
Drug and alcohol offenses are some of the most common types of criminal charges brought against licensed professionals. A single drug or alcohol charge could tarnish your professional reputation and career, making it difficult or impossible to keep your practice. Some of the types of charges that are brought against healthcare professionals in criminal cases include:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Drug possession or manufacturing
- Healthcare or insurance fraud
- Theft or embezzlement
- Intoxication assault
- Intoxication manslaughter
If you are a licensed professional facing any of these criminal charges, consider consulting with an experienced physician criminal defense lawyer to discuss your defense.
Defending Your Case
When facing criminal charges, it is important to remember that you remain innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt. Sometimes people are arrested because of a misunderstanding or because the police have faulty evidence that they believe is conclusive. Whatever the circumstances may be, you are entitled to certain inalienable legal rights, including a fair trial under the law. An experienced lawyer can help to clarify the charges you face and will work diligently to prepare your defense for your hearing and / or licensing board investigation.