Florida Medical License Defense
Strategic Health Care License Defense for Medical Professionals in Florida
If you are a health care provider in danger of losing your Florida medical license (or any other professional license related to health care), we want you to know there is hope. But we also want you to understand how seriously you need to approach your legal defense.
The Florida Board of Medicine and Florida Department of Health may be made up of fellow health care professionals, and they may generally serve a noble purpose in the state. But when it comes to a medical board hearing to determine the fate of your medical license, the government is not on your side.
On the contrary, medical boards can be absolutely ruthless in their adjudication of alleged legal infractions, unethical conduct, or violations of the standard of care. They are often seen to make an example of doctors, and they have a tendency to read the law in the light least favorable to your legal interests.
In our experience, state licensing boards see their role as protecting the public — not protecting doctors, pharmacists, or nurses. While that may sound honorable, it also sets up an inherent bias against doctors who’ve been unfairly accused.
But that doesn’t mean your license is doomed for revocation. Getting an experienced Florida medical license defense attorney on your side can make all the difference in your case.
Oberheiden, P.C. is a national reach health care defense law firm focused on protecting providers, their reputations, their licenses, and their careers.
A substantial part of our legal practice is devoted to the defense of professional licenses, and we have a robust record of success in that regard. The overwhelming majority of our clients have kept their medical licenses, remained in practice, and avoided all prison sentences.
That’s our job — defending your reputation, battling criminal charges, and advocating for your best possible outcome. And most of the time, we succeed on each of those fronts.
Our medical license defense strategy for our Florida clients is informed by:
- Our previous experience as health care prosecutors
- An in-depth command of both federal and Florida health care law
- Years of experience specifically in health care license defense
- Our intimate familiarity with Florida medical board hearings and Florida’s procedures for defending and/or appealing medical license determinations
- Strategies we have cultivated and proven effective across many cases in the past
Whether you are licensed as a physician, pharmacist, nurse, or any other health care provider, let the experienced medical license defense lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C. come to your defense. Contact our office today.
Drug Diversion Allegations and Medical Licenses in Florida
Drug diversion is defined as the misappropriation of any controlled substance (usually an opioid or painkiller medication), and it is an increasingly popular charge among prosecutors who have been instructed to “crack down” on health care providers. For this reason, doctors and nurses must take tremendous care not only in the writing and handling of prescriptions but also in properly training and policing their staff to ensure that the entire medical clinic remains above reproach on the issue of drug diversion. The same is true for pharmacists who fill pain medication prescriptions.
A single drug diversion allegation is enough to land you in a Florida medical board hearing, defending your license and your reputation. Oberheiden, P.C. can help with the underlying criminal charges, the investigation surrounding them, and the medical board hearing.
A Florida DWI / DUI Can Cause You to Lose Your Medical License
Drunk driving is a serious problem in Florida, but it is also true that police don’t always get it right. Drivers are frequently arrested on drunk or drugged driving charges only to have those charges fall apart in court. Unfortunately, if the driver isn’t adequately represented by a criminal defense lawyer, a trumped-up DWI charge could stick. Sobriety tests can be highly unreliable, and the available tests for drugged driving have even greater limitations.
A DWI or DUI charge can have a direct and almost immediate impact on a professional license in Florida. If you have been pulled over for driving under the influence, we urge you to call our office to talk about managing your reputation and defending your medical license.
Addiction Issues, Positive Drug Screens, and Medical Licenses in Florida
Drunk driving isn’t the only substance abuse allegation that can lead to licensing issues in Florida. The Board of Medicine is likely to take any evidence of job-related substance abuse or ongoing alcoholism or drug addiction very seriously. The same is true for the federal government, particularly the DEA, which is concerned about giving addicted doctors the ability to access or prescribe controlled substances.
Moreover, when potential substance abuse issues come to light, they can wreak havoc on a white-collar professional’s reputation and community goodwill. As medical license defense attorneys in Florida, we recognize that part of our job is preventative. We work diligently toward damage control by negotiating with law enforcement, managing PR whenever appropriate, and fighting the government’s tendency to couch substance abuse in an unhelpful and sinister light. The sooner we get involved, the better.
Health Care Fraud Defense
Across the country, and especially in Florida (home to multiple federal Strike Force offices), health care providers have been subjected to an extreme surge in health care fraud allegations, ranging from CMS billing disputes to federal fraud charges. If you have been implicated in a purported health care or Medicare fraud scheme, the criminal case could impact your health care license as well. For that reason, when choosing a health care fraud defense lawyer, we strongly recommend that you choose a legal team with equivalent experience in professional licensing defense as well.
Can You Challenge the Suspension of a Florida Medical License?
A suspended medical license in Florida is not the same thing as a permanent revocation, but both can have a profound impact on your finances and your reputation. It is usually possible for us to challenge suspended medical licenses in Florida — and we have had a great deal of success in these matters — but there is a limited window of time in which we can take action for our clients. If you are facing license suspension, please contact us as soon as possible.
I Can’t Obtain a Florida Medical License in the First Place. Can You Help?
If you are seeking a medical license for the first time (or reinstatement of a previously revoked license), our office may be able to help. An experienced medical license defense lawyer in Florida can intervene and work diligently to clear up any unresolved legal obstacles that might be standing in your way. Call us to talk about the details of your particular situation.
I’ve Had Legal Problems in Other States. Will Those Affect My Florida License?
Each state has its own rules about when you must report legal problems in another state. It is essential, of course, that you remain fully compliant with the law in each relevant state. But from a strategic standpoint, it is also critical that you not over-disclose, or disclose in such a way that the facts of the matter are misunderstood.
A FL medical license defense lawyer can help you understand your legal obligations and disclose them in the most appropriate manner.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Oberheiden, P.C. Right Away
Our 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. Get a passionate team of veteran attorneys with a record of success on your side. The ending of your story could be different because you made the call. Contact us today.