You may have a certain amount of job security if you hold a professional license in Mississippi as a physician, nurse or pharmacist. Unfortunately, despite your skill and experience, if you have a drug conviction, it might affect your career.
According to the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure, it may restrict, revoke, or suspend a practitioner’s license due to excessive use or abuse of alcohol or drugs if it affects patients. For example, if you are a medical professional, you could lose your license if a court sentences you for prescription drug abuse. If you face criminal charges, you can take steps that could minimize the impact on your livelihood.
You must report an arrest to the state board, which will assign a representative to your case. Depending on the situation, this person will ask questions and potentially dig into your records. The initial investigation may result in finding no reason for action or a warning. However, the unique details of your case could also result in a formal disciplinary proceeding.
Understand your options
Confirm that your malpractice insurance covers an investigation. If it does not, you might want to add it as it can help you cover fees, directly and indirectly, related to your case. State and federal statutes require adherence to specific procedures during both the State Board investigation and any criminal investigation.
It’s critical that you understand your options and protect your rights throughout the investigation. If authorities employ tactics such as illegal search and seizure, any evidence may become inadmissible in court. This might reduce the chances of a conviction, protecting your license and career.