California Medical License Defense Attorney
✓ Representing California Physicians & Surgeons
Our California medical license defense attorney represents physicians facing investigations, statement of issues, accusations and disciplinary actions from the Medical Board of California.
✓ Experienced Former Government Prosecutor Defending You
When the stakes are high, our highly skilled administrative law & criminal defense attorney will skillfully work to protect your license, your reputation and your career.
Medical Board of California License Defense Attorney
Everyone can make a mistake, but for California physicians a mistake or even an accusation of a mistake can jeopardize your license and your career. Simply being accused of an ethics violation, medical malpractice or substance abuse issue can trigger disciplinary actions that ruin your reputation and career.
You take care of patients – now let us protect you
If you are facing an investigation or disciplinary action by the Medical Board of California, give us a call. We understand the pressure you are dealing with and our medical practice act defense lawyer is 100% focused on protecting you & your license. We do not judge, we are only here to help and support you.
Medical Practice Act defense lawyer in Orange County
We have a wealth of experience representing physicians & surgeons from our office in Orange County, CA. You can depend on us to skillfully defend you and help you minimize exposure to sanctions or other CA Medical Board disciplinary actions.
Skilled in substance abuse, DUI and criminal charge issues
Many of our cases involve medical professionals whose licenses are at risk due to substance abuse, DUI, criminal arrests or convictions. Our seasoned former government prosecutor knows how to handle these scenarios and diligently work to protect you.
Don't let one mistake ruin your career. Give us a call to learn your legal options.
Call 949-750-2500 for a Free Consultation
Our experienced, discrete attorneys will confidentially review your case, your legal options and how we can help. We represent California physicians from our office in Newport Beach.
California Medical Board Disciplinary Actions
Many physicians assume the Medical Board is on their side. Unfortunately this is not true. The Medical Board of California takes misconduct allegations seriously and they hold physicians and surgeons accountable for misconduct. It is critical to consult a lawyer experienced in handling physician medical board license defense to help avoid the many risks inherent in investigation and disciplinary proceedings.
Medical Board statistics show complaints are rising
Medical Board of California statistics show during 2009-2016 complaints and investigations of Physicians & Surgeons have increased 35% from 6,437 to 8,679.
Complaints of gross negligence and unprofessional conduct were by far the most prevalent with the public. During fiscal year 2015-2016:
- 8,679 total complaints were filed
- 5,663 (65%) of the total complaints were filed by the public
- 4,528 gross negligence/incompetence complaints filed
- 2,069 unprofessional conduct complaints filed
- 376 unlicensed/unregistered complaints filed
- 122 fraud complaints filed
- 345 cases referred by investigators to the Attorney General
- 41 cases referred for criminal action
Physician Complaints Received
Complaints Received by Type, 2016
CA Medical Board Disciplinary Actions & Options
The Medical Board of California implements a wide range of disciplinary actions depending on the circumstances. The Medical Board of California Manual of Model Disciplinary Orders and Disciplinary Guidelines defines the types of orders that may be implemented and the recommended range of penalties for violations.
MBC model disciplinary orders & optional conditions that may be ordered include:
- Revocation - Single Cause
- Revocation - Multiple Causes
- Standard Stay Order
- Actual Suspension
- Controlled Substances - Total Restriction
- Controlled Substances - Surrender of DEA Permit
- Controlled Substances - Partial Restriction
- Controlled Substances - Maintain Records and Access To Records & Inventories
- Controlled Substances - Abstain From Use
- Alcohol - Abstain From Use
- Biological Fluid Testing
- Community Service - Free Services
- Education Course
- Prescribing Practices Course
- Medical Record Keeping Course
- Professionalism Program (Ethics Course)
- Professional Boundaries Program
- Clinical Competence Assessment Program
- Written Examination
- Psychiatric Evaluation
- Medical Evaluation and Treatment
- Monitoring - Practice/Billing
- Solo Practice Prohibition
- Third Party Chaperone
- Prohibited Practice
Physician Criminal Reporting Requirement
California Business and Professions Code §802.1 requires physicians to file a report to the Medical Board if (1) criminally charged with a felony, or (2) convicted of a felony or misdemeanor. Health facilities and peers also have reporting requirements under §805.
Physician Substance Abuse
Many of our cases involve physicians whose licenses are at risk due to drug or alcohol substance abuse. A Mayo Clinic research report found that 10-12% of physicians develop a substance abuse disorder during their careers. They cite several contributing factors including work stress and a ready access to drugs. If a physician is alleged to have a substance abuse issue, our medical practice act defense attorneys will carefully review the unique facts of each situation to determine the best defense strategy.
- Guide to the Laws Governing the Practice of Medicine
- Medical Board of California Enforcement Statistics
- Controlled Substance Review System, CURES 2.0 Mandatory Use October 2, 2018
- MBC Sunset Review Report to the Senate - November 29, 2106
Last updated 7.16.18
This information does not constitute legal advice and is not a substitute for individual case consultation and research. No representations are made as to the accuracy of this information and appropriate legal counsel should be consulted before taking any actions. Contact us for a free consultation regarding your specific case and facts.
Call 949-750-2500 for a Free Consultation
Our experienced, discrete attorneys will confidentially review your case, your legal options and how we can help. We represent California physicians from our office in Orange County.
23 Corporate Plaza Drive, Suite 150
Newport Beach, CA 92660