Physicians are subjected to more scrutiny than any other profession, as they are responsible for diagnosing and treating threats to our health and welfare. Sometimes, this scrutiny results in unwarranted criminal charges. In other instances, physicians make mistakes in their professional or personal lives. In either scenario, when physicians are subjected to criminal charges, the stakes are very high. Even if the charges are ultimately dropped or you are not convicted, your medical license and career could be jeopardized.
It is crucial to have strong, knowledgeable legal representation at every step of the way. Whether you are being investigated for a crime or have been charged with one, you need a Florida defense attorney with experience in both criminal defense and health care law
Attorney Jonathan Rose has helped many Florida doctors and other health care professionals successfully fight criminal charges and defend their medical licenses. As a former prosecutor and former Marine with years of experience in health care and criminal defense law, he has the knowledge, skill and fortitude you need to fight for and protect your rights, your career and your future.
Federal or State Criminal Charges Can Threaten Florida Doctors’ Careers and Freedom
Florida physicians charged with DUI, assault, domestic violence, or other offenses can face challenges to their medical license, DEA registration, CMS enrollment, and board certification – in addition to criminal charges in court. In cases such as these, it is important to keep in mind that you do not have to report the arrest to the Board of Medicine. However, convictions – whether an adjudication of guilt or the withhold of the formal adjudication of guilt (called a “withhold of adjudication”) – must be reported to the Board within 30 days and the physician must update the practitioner profile within 15 days. A failure to do either is a statutory violation and could result in license discipline, regardless of the seriousness – or lack thereof – of the conviction at issue.
Felony charges related to health care can be very serious. These include:
- Pill Mill/Drug Trafficking
- Health Care Fraud
- Medicare Fraud
- Prescription Fraud
- Prescribing outside professional practice / overprescribing
If you are being investigated for one of these offenses or another serious crime, you could be charged with a state or federal felony offense that carries stiff penalties and administrative sanctions, including denial of a medical license or disciplinary action against your license and exclusion from participation in federal health care programs. If convicted, you could be sentenced to time in prison, hefty criminal fines and possibly, large civil penalties.
If you are being investigated for or have been charged with a felony, it is very important to get legal help from an attorney who is experienced in criminal defense and health care law at the state and federal level. For the experience and legal expertise you need, contact Orlando federal defense attorney Jonathan Rose today. He will put his knowledge of health care law and skills as a negotiator and litigator to work fighting the allegations, defending your rights, and protecting your future.
Criminal Charges Can Threaten Florida Doctors’ Medical Licenses
Among the many actions Florida Statute § 458.331 lists as grounds for disciplinary action against a physician is being convicted of a crime that “directly relates to the practice of medicine or the ability to practice medicine.” Typically, this is construed in very general terms so that almost any conviction can lead to license discipline. Unfortunately, even if you are not convicted, allegations alone can also trigger a Florida Department of Health investigation.
With an experienced health care defense attorney advocating for you, you will not have to waste precious time and resources searching for and hiring another attorney to help defend your medical license or mitigate other potential negative consequences of criminal investigations, allegations and convictions. Your attorney will know the details of your case and be well prepared to fight to protect your license and your career.
Your attorney will also be intimately familiar with the Department of Health and Board of Medicine’s administrative processes and be able to put his knowledge, experience, and skills to work protecting you and advocating on your behalf. Dealing with administrative issues with the Department of Health can be very time-consuming and intense, and medical licenses can be suspended for numerous reasons. Fortunately, a knowledgeable healthcare defense attorney can help prevent this from happening or work to get your medical license reinstated if it has been suspended.
If you are currently being audited, investigated for, or have been charged with a criminal offense, make sure you get the help you need from an experienced Florida healthcare defense attorney. Contact Attorney Jonathan Rose as soon as possible. He understands the complexities you face as a physician and will provide powerful defense strategies to fight against criminal allegations and protect your medical license and career.
Orlando Health Care Defense Attorney Jonathan Rose Protects Florida Physicians’ Rights and Fights for Their Future
The penalties for doctors charged with criminal offenses can be very serious, especially at the federal level. If you are being investigated or have already been charged with a crime, please contact our office as soon as possible. The government has most likely already conducted an in-depth investigation to collect damaging evidence, so it is crucial for you to have a lawyer who understands health care law and has the experience in state and federal court to effectively assess your case, advise you on your best course of action and advocate aggressively for your rights.
Orlando federal defense attorney Jonathan Rose is a skilled health care defense attorney with more than 23 years of experience in state and federal courts. He will put his extensive experience in, and knowledge of, health care law, federal investigations and prosecutions to work building a strong strategic defense to protect your rights and fight for your future.
Call Jonathan Rose at 407-894-4555 today for the advice and defense you need if you are a physician in Florida who is being investigated for, or have been charged with, a criminal offense.