For most doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists in Mississippi, the professional license proudly displayed on the wall represents the most valuable asset to their practice or career. A DUI, traffic offense or other similar issues could result in disciplinary sanctions from the state licensing board. At M. Darin Vance, Attorney at Law, we often assist clients in defending their professional license when at risk due to criminal charges.
The Zur Institute reports that it is the licensing boards’ duty to regulate the profession and protect the public. As a result, they have significant power over a wide range of medical professionals, including psychologists, MFTs and social workers. You can take steps before and during an investigation that can help you weather charges and do damage control.
Review your malpractice insurance. Confirm that it covers investigation by boards. If not, request its addition. This coverage allows you to respond to board investigations and defend yourself.
Retain an attorney with experience handling cases involving the licensing board. The experience with the administrative code and law can help ensure you get the best defense possible.
Once the investigation begins, participate in your defense by helping your legal team locate the right experts, articles and books. Discuss the context and nature of the case to help them understand your perspective at the time of the event in question.
Although the board representative is friendly, he or she is not your friend. Cases regarding professional licenses are complex and many factors can affect the outcome of an investigation. An attorney can help you understand your options and discuss the best response to inquiries. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.