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Long Island OPD Defense Lawyers

Long Island lawyers and the Office of Professional Discipline (OPD)

Long Island lawyers offer concrete legal representation to all licensed professionals before the Office of the Professional Discipline (OPD). There are several qualified lawyers – who for many years have represented professionals from different fields.

About the Office of Professional Discipline (OPD)

OPD stands for the Office of Professional Discipline. It is an agency within the state department of education that has the power to investigate and prosecute all matters concerning professional misconduct by licensed professionals with a few exceptions – For instance physicians and lawyers are disciplined by different bodies.

The office of professions in the New York State has a total of 50 professions that require state licensing. Consequently, any licensed professional in New York falls under the Office of Professional Discipline.

It is important to note that there are several regional OPD offices in the State of New York. The main objective of the Office of Professional Discipline is to guard the public against professional negligence. That means that the OPD is the agency mandated to investigate and prosecute all complaints of misconduct against professionals.

George FernandezGeorge Fernandez
14:16 30 Apr 24
Excellent 10 out of 10, Helped resolve my case. Jeremy explained everything and made everything easy to understand.
21:33 24 Apr 24
If you are looking for a lawyer that listens, is aggressive where needed, and holds his word above all else, Todd is the best pick. I had hired multiple attorneys prior to hiring the Spodek Group for a white collar case. The first thing that stood out to me was the cost, as anyone going through the process and dealing with the system, money was tight at that time - especially after hiring and firing multiple lawyers. The cost was not as high as others which was definitely a plus. Todd's intake process was also unlike other attorneys. He took the time to actually listen. He cared. He was trying to put himself in my shoes while I was explaining the situation to him and he really took the time to understand the whole situation. Other lawyers will give you 15 mins and send you a retainer agreement. Not Todd, I think he spent almost two hours with me as I was explaining everything.Not only was he great during the onboarding process, he was supportive and very informative through the entire plea process and eventually sentencing. After hiring him, I asked if I should hire a prison consultant, he told me to save my money as he would do everything they would. He was right and held up to his word. Later on I would hear from others that went with the prison consultants that they were a waste of money - I am glad I listened to Todd!When it came time for sentencing, two days prior to sentencing, the prosecutor tried increasing my proposed prison time by almost double - apparently a normal move. Todd and his team worked with me non-stop through the weekend prior to sentencing to ensure that I was not given additional prison time. Again, he took the time to listen and came up with a strategy to explain the case with great detail.Unfortunately, I did plead guilty as that was my best option. Todd and his whole team wrote up nearly 300 pages of a summary of what happened and why I should not be given prison time. If I breakdown the amount I spent with Todd versus the amount of work that I saw being done, I am shocked I was not charged four times as much. The other benefit was, a lot of criminal defense lawyers were just a single attorney with a paralegal or two. Todd had a team of people that I dealt with (5-7 people that I interacted with), but he was ALWAYS accessible. It would never take him more than an hour to reply unless he was in court.I was sentenced to prison and I was emotionally distraught. Todd and his team did whatever they could even after sentencing to make sure I was alright. He personally stayed in touch with my family to ensure I was doing alright and offered support to them. Most lawyers would consider the job complete at sentencing, not Todd.After prison, Todd still spent time with me to make sure I was on the right track and avoiding any potential risks in the future. He has also been giving advice on how to navigate probation etc and has not been looking at the clock for billing.Although I wish I had never been arrested in the first place, I am glad I had Todd and his team in my corner. Without them I likely would have had to spend a lot more time in prison than I did.Thank you, Todd, and the entire Spodek Law team, for helping turn what was a nightmare into a manageable situation!
Yelva Saint-PreuxYelva Saint-Preux
19:26 19 Apr 24
I am immensely grateful to the entire team at Spodek Law Group for their unwavering dedication and exceptional expertise throughout my case. From our initial consultation to the final resolution, their professionalism and tireless advocacy made all the difference. Their strategic approach and attention to detail instilled confidence in me every step of the way.Thanks to their hard work and commitment, we achieved a truly favorable outcome that exceeded my expectations. Not only did they navigate the complexities of my case with precision, but they also provided invaluable support and guidance during what was undoubtedly a challenging time. I cannot recommend Spodek Law Group highly enough, especially attorneys Todd Spodek and Claire Banks; they are beacons of excellence in the legal profession.YSP.
Katherine SunKatherine Sun
18:08 18 Apr 24
my lawyer is Alex Zhik. Efficient, patient and professional
Nun yaNun ya
17:48 18 Apr 24
Todd, Ralph and Alex are amazing. Helped my husband get from a double digit number with multiple charges to a single digit, by the time I blink he will be out. They very professional and help with all your needs. They dealt with my anxiety and worry very well and they understand that your family member needs to get home as soon as possible.
Keisha ParrisKeisha Parris
20:45 15 Mar 24
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
Taïko BeautyTaïko Beauty
16:26 15 Mar 24
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence.Thank you team!
K MarK Mar
01:37 25 Jan 24
I recently had Spodek Law Group represent me for a legal matter in NYC and I am thoroughly impressed with their services.Alex Zhik secured the best possible outcome for my case.It was a seamless journey from the initial consultation to the resolution of my legal matter. From the moment I spoke to Todd about my case, his enthusiasm to help was evident, setting a positive tone for the entire experience. The efficiency and professionalism displayed by the team is commendable.A particularly noteworthy aspect of their service is their user-friendly portal to upload your documents/evidence. This not only simplified the process, but showcases their commitment to streamline the client experience.Lastly, in an industry where legal fees can often be a concern, I found their pricing to be very reasonable, making needing legal assistance feel accessible and stress-free.I am grateful for their support and wouldn't hesitate to turn to them again in the future.

Who Are the Typical Clients of OPD?

Long Island professional defence attorneys represent hundreds of professionals across the region brought to the OPD for several misconduct claims. Although they represent professionals from other fields, a majority of those who seek legal representations are healthcare professionals.

Professions often represented include:

  • Physical therapists
  • Nurses (LPNs & RNs)
  • Pharmacists
  • Social worker
  • Chiropractors
  • Mental health professionals
  • CPAs
  • Paediatrics

From the list above, most incidents and complaints are against nurses – making them the most vulnerable group.

Understanding Professional Misconduct

Simply put, professional misconduct is the failure of a professional to perform his or her duties as per the expected standards of practice.

In Long Island, there are set standards that all professionals are expected to adhere to. There are almost 50 types of violations and professionally found violating any of them are liable for disciplinary action by the board of Regents.

Common Professional Misconduct Charges:

  • Practising beyond the stipulated scope of one’s profession
  • Practising with gross incompetence or negligence.
  • Failure to keep records or maintain proper documentation
  • Being convicted of any crime as a professional
  • Practising without a valid license or allowing others to do the same.
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Fraudulent practice such as insurance fraud
  • Sexual misconduct

These are just but a few. There are many other forms of professional misconduct that can attract disciplinary action from the OPD against any professional.

As a professional, you should ensure that you hire a competent OPD lawyer to represent you before the disciplinary board. Remember not all lawyers are trained to handle OPD issues and therefore choosing just any lawyer might affect you negatively.

Implications of an OPD Guilty Verdict

If the offence is not serious, then the misconduct will be resolved without a major impact on the defendant’s career. For example, the professional might just be issued with a warning letter.

In case the OPD investigations find that indeed there was professional negligence on the part of the professional, then the defendant is likely to face different forms of penalties such as a fine going up to $10,000 for every violation. A professional might also be sent on suspension or probation and in some serious cases, their license revoked.

The OPD Investigation Process

Due to the large volume of cases every year, the Office of Professional Discipline employs a lot of professional investigators who are charged to look into and investigate all the complaints brought forward.

After the investigations, the investigating officer will decide whether to close the case due to lack of sufficient evidence or move it forward for prosecution – if there’s enough evidence to support the claims.

What To Do When Under OPD Investigation?

The Office of the OPD will send you a letter informing you about the ongoing investigations. In some instance, you will be contacted through a telephone call.

Immediately you receive that call or letter, call your attorney to get more directions on the matter. There are many experienced lawyers with regard to OPD matters and they will definitely advise you on what to do next.

Choosing the Right Long Island Attorney for Your OPD Case

Long Island has a lot of lawyers well versed in different aspects of the law including OPD matters.

In order to increase your chances of winning the case, it is important to choose an experienced lawyer in OPD matters. Ensure that he or she has previously represented other professionals and helped them win their cases.

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