Will a previous conviction stop me from becoming licensed?

When a person makes the decision that they want to go through the lengthy and difficult process of becoming a medical professional, they may have a lot of questions, especially if they have a past that is spotted with legal issues. It wouldn’t make sense to go through all of that schooling and years of training if you aren’t going to be able to obtain your license at the end of it. New York State does require a person to have what they consider good moral character in order to obtain a medical license.

However, if you have a previous conviction or a criminal record, the licensure board may do some investigations about the criminal past to determine if you should be granted a medical license. As long as the board can determine that you are not going to put any potential patients in danger or repeat an instance of criminal activity, you may be able to obtain a medical license. It may be more difficult to prove to the Board that you are not going have any unethical or criminal behavior if the charge or conviction happened recently. However, if time has passed and you can prove that you have been in good moral character for a number of years, there may be a better chance of being granted a medical license. Having a past conviction doesn’t look good for you if you are investigated by the Board in the future for any possible future issues of professional misconduct.

If you have a prior criminal record but are interested in obtaining a medical license, you should speak with an experienced medical law attorney who can provide you with assistance.

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.