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Physician Suspended After 4th DUI Conviction Returns to Work

Professional:
Physician

Primary Issue:
The physician received her fourth driving under the influence (DUI) conviction, a felony in the State of Michigan. The physician’s medical license was summarily suspended after reporting the DUI conviction to the medical board.

Benefit of Using Chapman Law Group:
The physician retained our attorneys to represent her during the medical license suspension proceedings and subsequent medical licensing proceedings. With our extensive experience dealing with criminal matters and professional licensing matters we were able to quickly have physician evaluated for a substance use disorder (alcohol dependence or abuse) and petition for dissolution of the summary suspension. The evaluator was able to provide a favorable recommendation before the administrative law judge and we were able to successfully cross-examine the arresting officer to provide mitigating/extenuating evidence. Ultimately, the administrative law judge quickly dissolved the summary suspension and the client was able to return to work pending resolution of her medical licensing issues.

Result:
The dissolution of the summary suspension allowed us to have a greater bargaining position with the Board of Medicine and we were able to negotiate a consent agreement which would allow the physician to continue practicing under the supervision of a two (2) year monitoring agreement. The physician was later admitted into Health Professionals Recovery Program (HPRP) and is currently practicing with a two (2) year monitoring agreement.

Area of Law:
Professional Licensing
Medical License Defense 
Substance Abuse Matters
Summary Suspension Orders
HPRP

Attorney:
Ronald Chapman, II


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