Unlike most health care law firm, we have a team of criminal defense attorneys dedicated to defending health care providers as virtually all criminal convictions could prevent a health care provider from practicing. Our team includes: Matthew Fischer is a former DOJ/HHS and FBI attorney; Ronald Chapman, II, a former federal prosecutor who defends alleged pill mill doctors across the country; and Laura Perkovic, a former Medicaid fraud prosecutor.
When charged with a crime, health professionals must defend their actions in both criminal court and before the state licensing board for their respective profession. There are two distinct areas of law that are applied during these proceedings; the relevant state Penal Code and the Public Health Code.
Many attorneys who only practice criminal law are not aware of the intricacies of the Public Health Code and the requirements imposed on licensed health professionals. Choosing a criminal defense attorney who is not familiar with professional licensing may be a costly mistake. Often clients end up with two attorneys; a criminal attorney and a professional licensing attorney. Health professionals are better served by selecting an attorney who is experienced in both professional licensing and criminal law.
Chapman Law Group offers comprehensive representation of health professionals during criminal proceedings and any resulting professional licensing or administrative action. Our criminal defense attorneys are dedicated to the defense of medical professionals and other licensed professionals. We provide aggressive legal representation for physicians, nurses and others who face criminal prosecution. Our goal is to not only streamline this process, but to ensure that the criminal conviction is handled in such a way as to limit the impact on the client’s professional license.
Sadly, criminal defense attorneys who do not practice administrative law often plead criminal cases in such a way that it makes it difficult to avoid licensing action from the state and the professional’s licensing board. From the onset of your representation, we consider the licensing ramification when developing a strategy and we aggressively represent you during criminal and administrative proceedings.
Our Criminal Defense Attorneys Know the Medicine
Additionally, our criminal/professional licensing attorneys know the medicine. At Chapman Law Group, we not only have attorneys with over twenty (20) years of experience representing health professionals, we have attorneys who are licensed nurses and physicians. Our attorneys know the intricacies of your profession and the law.
When facing criminal charges Chapman Law Group attorneys will represent you. We combine standard of care knowledge with criminal law experience to provide a comprehensive defense. Regardless of the criminal charges, healthcare fraud, diversion, trafficking, unlicensed practice of medicine, or any other health related charges we are ready to help!
Additionally, in over twenty (20+) plus years of practice in health law, we assembled an experienced team of experts in nearly every area of medicine. If charged with a particularly complex offense requiring an expert opinion or consultation, we can put our experts to work for you in order to provide the fact finder with a reliable expert opinion.
Chapman Law Group understands the unique and rigorous requirements imposed on health professionals. When you retain Chapman Law Group, you retain a team of skilled professional licensing and criminal attorneys who know how to navigate the difficult waters of criminal courts and administrative boards in order to achieve the best possible result.
Criminal Charges Almost Always Result In Licensing Investigations
If served with a Criminal Complaint or Federal Indictment for Medicare/Medicaid fraud, drug diversion, criminal negligence, health care fraud, or if you have been arrested for DUI, DWI, OUIL, disorderly conduct, shoplifting, assault, or any other felony or misdemeanor, you can anticipate that the Department of Health or the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will investigate whether or not you have violated the Public Health Code. It is imperative that you retain an attorney to immediately defend your freedom during the criminal case and also protect your livelihood during the licensing proceedings.
In The Event Of A Felony or Misdemeanor Conviction, You May Face Summary/Emergency Suspension
If you are facing felony or misdemeanor charges related to alcohol or substance abuse, you may even be subject to a Summary Suspension or Emergency Suspension which immediately prevents you from practicing. In the event of a felony conviction, your license will likely be summarily suspended. If you receive an alcohol-related misdemeanor conviction, you may also face a summary suspension. If you are facing felony or misdemeanor charges, it is imperative that you seek the advice of an attorney who can navigate the criminal and administrative courts and get you the best possible result to protect your freedom and livelihood.
Pleading Guilty Has Serious Consequences in Administrative Proceedings
A guilty plea is the strongest form of proof under the law. When you plead guilty to a criminal offense, you are prevented from later arguing differently in an administrative proceeding. Before accepting an offer or entering a guilty plea, it is imperative that you are advised on the collateral consequences of your plea of guilty and its effect on your professional license. In most states mandatory suspension of a health professional’s license is required following a felony conviction and certain high misdemeanors. The suspension may be overturned at an administrative hearing; however, you will need an attorney experienced at representing licensees during suspension hearings. All too often, criminal attorneys do not appreciate the consequences of a guilty plea and clients are forced to accept a less than desirable outcome at an administrative proceeding. Additionally, an experienced licensing attorney can advise you on which misdemeanor pleas are less likely to result in suspension of your license.
Reporting a Criminal Conviction Should Be Done By a Skilled Professional Licensing Attorney
According to MCL 333.16222(3), a licensed health care professional is required to report a criminal conviction to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs within thirty (30) days of the conviction. Under Florida Statutes, Chapter 456, all licensed health professionals are required to report convictions (guilty, nolo contendere, differed prosecution) within 30 days. If the licensing board believes that your criminal conviction has the potential to affect your ability to practice your profession, they may impose sanctions up to and including license revocation. Therefore, it is imperative that your report of conviction puts you in the best light possible and shows the board that you can still safely and skillfully practice your profession. It is imperative that, immediately after your arrest, you contact a skilled professional licensing attorney so that you can begin the steps necessary to mitigate the consequences and seek treatment, if necessary. Aggressive representation at the outset will improve your chances of receiving a more favorable result in both criminal court and before your respective board.
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You Need an Experienced Attorney Who Knows Your Profession, Knows the Medicine, and Knows the Law
Your unique position as a healthcare professional requires that you retain an attorney with a proven track record to protect your freedom and livelihood. Don’t make the mistake of selecting an attorney who is unable to represent your interests during criminal proceedings and administrative proceedings, or an attorney who is ill-equipped to advise you on the collateral consequences of your plea or conviction in criminal court. You need an experienced attorney who knows your profession, knows the medicine, and is equipped with the knowledge to provide you with complete comprehensive representation in both arenas. Put the time-tested experience of an established health law firm to work for you today. Call Chapman Law Group at (248) 644-6326 for a free consultation with one of our criminal/professional licensing attorneys today.