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Physician Raided by DEA Avoids Prosecution and Restores DEA Registration

Professional:
Family Practice Physician (MD)

Primary Issue:
A Michigan physician was raided by the DEA and the local police department after a thorough investigation into his prescribing practices. He immediately contacted Chapman Law Group after the raid, but not before he signed a DEA form 104 surrendering his prescribing privileges.

Result:
Our goal was two-fold: (1) prevent prosecution, and (2) restore his prescribing privileges. We immediately obtained the records for the patients in question and found that the Physician’s prescribing practices were not illegal but arguably fell short of the DEA’s requirements for prescribing controlled substances. It is imperative in this instance to aggressively negotiate with the DEA to show that the physician shouldn’t be charged. It was also imperative that we restored the physician’s DEA registration so that the family practice could remain operational. We contacted the DEA and began negotiations by offering a compliance program to bring the physician back into compliance with the DEA’s requirements. The DEA agreed and permitted the physician to prescribe non-narcotic controlled substance in an effort to show compliance and eventually fully restore the physician’s DEA registration. The DEA also agreed not to prosecute the physician and he continues to practice medicine in Michigan.

Area of Law:
Criminal Defense
DEA Enforcement Actions
DEA Registration Surrender

Attorneys:
Ronald Chapman, II
Nathan Pitluk


Disclaimer:
This information is a sample of our past results. Prospective clients may not obtain the same or similar results. Every case is different and each case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits. The circumstances of your case may differ from the results provided. The information provided has not been reviewed or approved by the Florida Bar.


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