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Negotiating settlements in criminal cases to preserve a professional license

On Behalf of | Dec 4, 2020 | Firm News

When you are a doctor or nurse, you spend years working to obtain your professional license. You work just as hard to build your career and practice and serve the needs of your patients. You don’t want a DUI conviction or domestic violence offense to take away your ability to do your job and provide for your family.

What to do when facing criminal charges

Even if you face misdemeanor criminal charges, the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine or Board of Nursing will review your case to determine if they will suspend your license. You need to do everything you can to protect your medical or nursing license when facing state or federal criminal charges. You should consult with an attorney with experience protecting professional licenses right away after your arrest.

How negotiating a settlement can help

You may not be aware that with an attorney’s help you may negotiate a settlement that includes preserving your medical or nursing license. For example, the Law Office of Michael J. Malloy & Associates represented a doctor who was convicted of writing unlawful prescriptions and illegally distributing controlled substances. He faced a minimum 2 ½-year state prison sentence and losing his medical license. Instead, through negotiating a settlement, he received a sentence of 11 ½ to 23 months of county work release instead. Through work release, he could leave the county work release dormitory for 10 hours a day, six days a week, maintaining his ability to work. He also could reduce his work release sentence through good behavior.

Protecting your professional license is important and you may have more options than you realize when facing criminal charges. That’s why consulting with an attorney is an important step, no matter what type of criminal charges you are facing.