California Medical License Defense
Aggressive Professional License Lawyers for Health Care Providers in California
As a physician, your California medical license might be your single most valuable asset. Without it, there would be no high-tech exam equipment, no sleek waiting room, no nursing staff, and certainly no patients.
Your medical license is the gateway for your career and all the success and prestige that come with it. It’s what you worked many, many years for. It’s the one thing the law requires of you in every state if you wish to practice medicine.
And after everything that you’ve invested in earning and maintaining that license, the Medical Board of California can take it all away in the blink of an eye.
A single tip from an angry patient, a single government investigation, a single notice of administrative complaint — that’s all it takes for the state licensing board to call your practice into question. An adverse determination on their part could prove ruinous to your career and your financial future, to say nothing of your good standing in the community.
For that reason, it is critical that physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and all other medical care providers in California treat any threat to their professional license with real urgency.
At Oberheiden, P.C., we have the experience to represent doctors in danger of losing their medical licenses. We are a national reach health care defense firm. Our attorneys fight for the rights of embattled doctors, nurses, and pharmacists who have been accused of crimes or other misconduct and are now facing potentially life-altering or career-ending penalties.
Hiring the right lawyer can make all the difference. Contact a California medical license law defense lawyer at Oberheiden, P.C., and let us start putting together an aggressive, strategic legal defense for you and your medical license.
Substance Abuse and DWI: Common Reasons for Losing a Medical License in CA
While almost any legal infraction or ethical error can put a California medical license in jeopardy, many of these cases involve some allegation of substance abuse.
One of the most common is drunk driving. If you’ve been pulled over for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and get charged with a DWI or DUI, it can have immediate ramifications for your medical practice. A health care criminal defense lawyer can defend you in both the DWI proceeding and the ensuing licensing hearing.
Any other allegation of substance abuse, alcoholism, drug addiction, drug diversion, a positive drug test, or using or drinking on the job is likely to draw attention from the Medical Board. As addiction rates grow throughout California and across the country, the health care field is actively looking for new ways to curb abuse, and state licensing boards frequently look to “send a message” by putting providers out of practice.
It is our firm belief that the state is wrong to throw away a respected person’s career because of one mistake or misunderstanding — or to respond to a true substance abuse problem with punishment rather than treatment. A medical license defense attorney in California can help to make that argument compellingly, advocating for a best possible outcome in front of the medical board.
Alleged Drug Crimes by Doctors in California and Their Impact on Licensing
Federal and state drug felonies are not reserved for criminals on the street. Well paid, universally respected, white-collar professionals can be charged with drug felonies in California too. Charges might include:
- Drug trafficking
- Drug possession
- Drug possession with intent to distribute
- Drug diversion
- Drug conspiracy
In the health care context, the drug in question is often an opioid, narcotic, or prescription painkiller. Doctors and nurses obviously have more access to these medications than the general public, but that also means a greater opportunity for misunderstandings.
Unfortunately, a single drug-related criminal allegation can quickly spiral out of control. At the first sign of suspicion or investigation, it is in your best interest to begin fighting to minimize the damage before it happens. But don’t try to do it on your own. Contact an experienced lawyer at Oberheiden, P.C. as early as possible.
Health Care Fraud
As one of our principal practice areas at Oberheiden, P.C. – health care fraud is quickly becoming one of the greatest legal concerns for medical providers in the United States.
Federal agents have received top orders to investigate and prosecute health care providers for suspected fraud. Health care fraud is a politically expedient allegation for prosecutors because it creates the appearance of saving taxpayers money while simultaneously taking a tough stance on opioid abuse and other common health care crimes.
Accordingly, investigators are basing these charges on even small mistakes. For example, entering the wrong billing code when invoicing the CMS, or engaging in a common-sense marketing arrangement that prosecutors can distort as an illegal kickback.
A health care fraud charge can cause you to lose your medical license in California. In fact, even if the criminal case against you is dismissed, the medical board hearing could still result in a suspended or revoked license because the board uses different standards and procedures.
If you’ve been accused of health care fraud, a CA medical license defense lawyer at Oberheiden, P.C. can handle every aspect of your case.
Other Criminal Issues
Health care crimes aren’t the only legal problems that can endanger a medical license. Any criminal issue, no matter how far removed from the practice of medicine it may be, could mean the loss of your professional license in California.
For that reason, you may wish to consider talking to a criminal defense lawyer with significant experience in health care defense, even if the underlying criminal charge isn’t health care related.
Ethical or Administrative Issues
You can also lose your license for conduct that is not criminal in nature, but which is nevertheless deemed unethical or substandard for health professionals.
Similarly, administrative issues (such as failing to pay dues or file a timely response to written requests from the Medical Board) can lead to professional sanctions, including a revoked or suspended license.
If you are a doctor who has been cited for unethical behavior or otherwise threatened with administrative penalties by the Medical Board or any other organization, you should contact a medical license defense attorney as soon as possible.
A strong defense in these matters requires an understanding not only of your legal due process rights – but also of the public health code, the professional standard of conduct for doctors and nurses, and the board’s own rules and procedures.
How Can You Defend Against a Suspended Medical License in California?
We recognize that even though a suspended medical license may not be a permanent penalty, it can still impact your life and career for years to come.
In many cases, we are able to effectively challenge a suspended medical license, but there is a narrow window of time for mounting that defense. If you are concerned about a recent or potential suspension of your doctor’s or nursing license in California, please contact us as quickly as possible.
Can You Help Me Get a California Medical License? (First-Time Applicants or Reinstatements)
Are you having ongoing difficulty obtaining a medical license? Has the Medical Board repeatedly denied your requests based on a misunderstanding, a long-ago mistake, or without good cause? Are you hoping to build a case for reinstating a California medical license? Our office might be able to help. Please contact us to discuss your situation as soon as possible.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Oberheiden, P.C.
Our California medical license defense attorneys are available seven days a week, even on weekends, to talk about how we might be able to help with your case.
Be proactive in your defense. Hire a passionate team of seasoned legal professionals who have a real record of success in health care licensing matters. The ending of your story could be different because of the decision you make today. Contact us now.