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California Medical License Defense Lawyer

Aggressive California Medical License Defense Attorneys for Healthcare Providers

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 waiting room, no nursing staff, and certainly no patients.

Your medical license is the gateway for your career and all the success that comes with it. It’s what you worked many years for. It’s the one thing the law requires of you in every state if you wish to practice medicine.

After all you’ve invested in earning and maintaining that license, the Medical Board of California can take it away in the blink of an eye.

A tip from an angry patient, a government investigation, a notice of administrative complaint is all it takes. The state licensing board can then question your practice and procedures. An adverse determination can bring ruin to your career and your financial future. Your good standing in the community can also be destroyed.

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 at risk of losing their medical licenses. We are a nationally known healthcare defense firm. Our attorneys fight for the rights of doctors, nurses, and pharmacists accused of crimes or other misconduct. We support those who may be facing life-altering or career-ending penalties.

Hiring the right lawyer can make all the difference. Contact our California medical license defense lawyers at Oberheiden, P.C., and let us start building an aggressive legal defense for you and your medical license.

Substance Abuse and DWI: Common Reasons for Losing a Medical License in CA

Any legal infraction or ethical error can jeopardize a California medical license. Many of these cases, however, 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 and were charged with a DWI or DUI, it can have real implications for your career. A California medical license defense lawyer can defend you in the DWI proceeding and the ensuing licensing hearing.

Allegations 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, the healthcare field searches for new ways to curb abuse. State licensing boards frequently look to “send a message” by putting providers out of practice.

It’s our 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 California medical license defense attorney can help make that argument convincing. We advocate for the best possible outcome in front of the medical board.

Alleged Drug Crimes by Doctors in California and Their Impact on Licensing

California Medical License Defense LawyerFederal and state drug felonies are not reserved for criminals on the street. Well-paid, 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 healthcare 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 public. That also means a greater chance for mistakes.

A single drug-related criminal allegation can quickly grow. At the first sign of suspicion or investigation, it’s in your best interest to fight 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.

Healthcare Fraud

As one of our principal practice areas at Oberheiden, P.C. – healthcare fraud is quickly becoming one of the greatest legal concerns for medical providers in the United States.

Federal agents have received orders to investigate and prosecute healthcare providers for suspected fraud. Healthcare fraud is a politically expedient allegation for prosecutors. It creates the appearance of saving taxpayers money while taking a tough stance on opioid abuse and other common healthcare crimes.

Accordingly, investigators base these charges on even small mistakes. For example, entering the wrong code when billing CMS, or engaging in a marketing arrangement that prosecutors can distort as an illegal kickback.

A healthcare fraud charge can cause you to lose your medical license in California. Even if the criminal case is dismissed, the medical board could still suspend or revoke your license because the board uses different standards and procedures.

If you’ve been accused of healthcare fraud, a CA medical license defense lawyer at Oberheiden, P.C. can handle all aspects of your case.

Other Criminal Issues

Healthcare 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, could mean the loss of your professional license in California.

That’s why you may consider talking to a criminal defense lawyer with experience in healthcare defense. This is good advice even if the underlying criminal charge isn’t healthcare related.

Ethical or Administrative Issues

Loss of license can occur for conduct not criminal in nature, but is deemed unethical or substandard for health professionals.

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. Such sanctions may include a revoked or suspended license.

If you have been cited for unethical behavior or 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 knowledge of not only your legal due process rights. You need an attorney who understands 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?

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 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 soon 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 denied your requests based on an error, 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. Contact us 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 healthcare licensing matters. The ending of your story could be different because of the decision you make today. Contact us now.

Not all attorneys of Oberheiden, P.C. are licensed in California and nothing contained here is meant to constitute the unauthorized practice of law.
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