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A Primer for Representing Medical Professionals in Criminal Cases

By Laura A. Perkovic

A criminal charge will be one of the most devastating life events for a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other medical professional. Unfortunately, the criminal case may be but the first of many insults; the client’s legal concerns either will evolve, or will already have evolved, past the criminal defense attorney’s case. It makes no difference whether the criminal case involves practice-related conduct such as billing fraud or patient abuse, or whether the criminal charges are nonwork-related such as DUI or domestic violence. Industry-specific state and federal laws can provide for sanctions and can cause the loss of livelihood based on the same set of facts as the criminal case. Criminal counsel’s strategy and decisions can have a ripple effect on parallel and collateral administrative and civil matters. This article will identify several such matters and discuss the synergy among the proceedings. Though representation may be limited to the criminal matter, criminal counse

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