A Florida physician is under investigation after being accused of trading prescribed controlled substances for sexual favors. Two of his patients came forward with allegations that the doctor encouraged them to provide sexual favors in exchange for writing much-needed prescriptions. Behind closed doors, the women say they had no choice but to comply. A federal grand jury indicted the doctor on 10 counts of illegally distributing prescription medication, as well as a charge for drug distribution conspiracy.
As of this writing, charges appear to have been dropped, but police say they're still investigating the allegations made against the doctor. According to the Florida Department of Health, his medical license is still active.
How the Licensing Board May Respond
While the investigation into these allegations is far from over, the Florida licensing board may decide to revoke the doctor's license in anticipation of further charges. They have the right to suspend or revoke licenses upon the discovery of unprofessional conduct. The “innocent until proven guilty” standard by which our judiciary system operates does not necessarily apply to independent licensing boards.
Doctors are held to incredibly high professional and ethical standards. Allegations of inappropriate behavior can result in formal reprimands, probation, or the suspension or revocation of one's license. Any action taken by the board becomes a matter of public record. Even if this doctor manages to keep his license, the damage done by these headlines may have a lasting impact on his career.
When to Hire a Professional License Defense Attorney
Learning you're under an investigation by your state's licensing board can be scary. While you might be tempted to wait and let the whole thing blow over, delaying action can be dangerous. The sooner you involve an attorney, the better protected you'll be. Many physicians opt to wait until they're facing a hearing to contact an attorney. By the time things reach this phase, the board likely already has good reason to believe you should have your license suspended or revoked. Hiring an attorney as soon as you learn of allegations can buy you more time to resolve complaints in the early phases. Your initial response to the complaint impacts the board's decision to move your case forward.
Don't Wait to Call The Lento Law Firm
If you've recently learned of an investigation or accusation against you that puts your medical license in jeopardy, it's important to take action. With your livelihood at risk, you don't want to take unnecessary chances by attempting to represent yourself. Taking a casual approach to the allegations is also a bad idea. By hiring a professional license defense attorney, you're in the very best position to save your career.
Attorney Joseph D. Lento and his Professional License Defense Team has helped countless physicians resolve complaints that put their licenses at risk. They can assist with cases nationwide. Don't wait to defend your name; contact Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm at (888) 535-3686 today.