Can a Criminal Conviction Cost You Your Medical License?

Please read on, then contact an experienced OPMC/OPD misconduct defense attorney to learn if your sustaining an unrelated criminal conviction can cause you to lose your medical license in the Empire State.

Is a doctor at risk of losing his or her medical license for sustaining an unrelated criminal conviction?

In most states, New York included, a criminal conviction constitutes “professional misconduct” and can result in suspension, restriction or revocation of a medical license. That being said, not all convictions will result in being barred from the profession. However, New York’s standard is much broader, including any conviction of an act constituting a crime under New York state law, federal law or another state (if the act would also be a crime under New York law). This is the case even when the doctor’s alleged offense is entirely unrelated to the medical profession.

What criminal convictions can cost a New York doctor his or her medical license?

Given New York’s strict standards for doctors and other medical professionals, you could lose your license not only for serious felonies like murder, rape, robbery, et cetera, but for lesser felonies and misdemeanors such as:

  • Income tax evasion
  • Extortion
  • Embezzlement
  • Criminal neglect
  • Shoplifting
  • Insurance and mail fraud
  • Marijuana possession
  • Criminal mischief
  • Misdemeanor assault
  • Misdemeanor knife possession
  • Theft of services
  • DWI
  • Criminal traffic offenses
  • Computer crimes
  • Domestic violence

It should be noted that New York State requires fingerprints as a condition of securing a medical license and it has a medical board that can access the Federal Bureau of Investigation database. If you have been convicted of a crime or are facing one now, you should know that you will not be able to hide from it.

How can Paul E. Walker help you?

After a criminal conviction, you will have to go before the state licensing Board, where your alleged misconduct is all but assumed to be true. Instead, the focus of the hearing will be on determining the penalty that you will incur. At this point, a seasoned legal professional like Paul E. Walker will contest the underlying factual allegations with regard to the alleged professional medical misconduct by presenting your own witnesses and evidence. He or she will also cross-examine the witnesses and challenge the evidence proffered by OPMC. Your attorney knows that for many criminal convictions, even felonies, there is always an opportunity to avoid revocation of your doctor’s license. By giving us a call today, you give yourself the best possible chance of preserving your medical career, so do not wait.

Contact our experienced New York City firm

When a medical professional is accused of misconduct, they must retain strong legal representation. If you require a medical law attorney for your legal matters, call Paul E. Walker, an experienced New York City OPMC & OPD Lawyer. Please contact the Walker Medical Law firm to set up a free initial consultation.