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Long Island Medical License Defense Lawyer

By Spodek Law Group | July 27, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 13, 2023)

Last Updated on: 13th October 2023, 09:49 am

Long Island Medical License Defense Lawyer

Being a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional takes years of education and training. But all that hard work can seem for nothing if you end up facing accusations of misconduct or negligence. Having your medical license suspended or revoked is a terrifying prospect. That’s why it’s so important to have an experienced Long Island medical license defense lawyer on your side if you find yourself under investigation.

I’m writing this article to help medical professionals on Long Island understand what’s at stake when your license is threatened, and how a knowledgeable lawyer can defend your reputation, career, and ability to practice medicine. As someone who has worked on both sides of these cases, I want to offer my insights into the complex legal issues involved, as well as provide practical advice on protecting your rights.

What’s at Risk with Your Medical License

For doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and other licensed medical workers, your ability to practice your profession hangs in the balance when facing accusations of misconduct or negligence. Some of the potential consequences include:

  • License suspension, limitation, or revocation
  • Fines and penalties
  • Loss of hospital privileges
  • Difficulty finding future employment
  • Reputational damage

Even if the allegations aren’t proven, just having a complaint on your record with the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC) can seriously impact your career. Any limits on your ability to practice medicine can be devastating personally and financially.

That’s why it’s critical to have an experienced medical license defense lawyer on your side from the very beginning of an investigation. The stakes are high, so you need someone who understands all the technical details of the law and licensing process.

Common Triggers for Disciplinary Action

There are many scenarios that can trigger an OPMC investigation and potential disciplinary action against your New York medical license. Some common allegations include:

  • Negligence, incompetence or malpractice
  • Improper prescribing of controlled substances
  • Sexual misconduct with patients
  • Fraudulent billing practices
  • Substance abuse issues
  • Sharing confidential patient information
  • Conviction of a crime (even a misdemeanor)

Any complaint filed with the OPMC will be thoroughly investigated. You could end up facing substantial fines, practice limitations, or full license revocation if found guilty of misconduct.

The Investigation and Disciplinary Process

Here’s a quick overview of what happens when a complaint is filed against your medical license in New York:

  • OPMC Investigation – You’ll receive a letter informing you that a complaint was filed and an investigation opened. You’re required to cooperate, but don’t have to speak with investigators.
  • Interviews – Investigators may request to interview you, but you have the right to have your lawyer present. Be careful what you say.
  • Charges Filed – If investigators feel there’s evidence of misconduct, formal charges will be filed against you.
  • Hearing – There will be a formal hearing where board members listen to arguments from prosecutors and your defense lawyer.
  • Decision – The board will issue a recommendation, which gets sent to the Committee on the Professions for a final decision on discipline.

Having an experienced medical license defense lawyer to guide you through this process is absolutely essential. The investigators are building a case against you, so you need strong legal advocacy on your side.

Why You Need a Medical License Defense Lawyer

Navigating the OPMC investigation and disciplinary process on your own, without legal guidance, is extremely unwise. Here are some key reasons why working with a knowledgeable lawyer is critical:

  • Avoid Self-Incrimination – Anything you say to investigators can and will be used against you. Your lawyer can advise you on whether or not to consent to an interview.
  • Build the Strongest Defense – Your lawyer will thoroughly examine the allegations and evidence against you, interview witnesses, and start constructing viable defenses.
  • Negotiate with Prosecutors – Your lawyer may be able to negotiate with prosecutors to get charges reduced or dropped entirely, or work out a settlement.
  • Navigate the Hearing – At the formal hearing, your lawyer will argue to the board on your behalf and try to get the harshest penalties dismissed.
  • File Appeals if Needed – If the outcome is unfavorable, your lawyer can help file appeals to get the decision reversed.

Without legal expertise in your corner, the odds are stacked against you. Don’t let investigators intimidate you into making statements that could destroy your career.

How an Experienced Lawyer Can Defend Your License

A knowledgeable Long Island medical license defense lawyer has the skills and experience to handle these complex cases in your favor. Here are some of the ways we defend medical professionals:

  • Reviewing all the evidence and filings related to your case
  • Interviewing witnesses who can corroborate your version of events
  • Gathering exculpatory evidence that refutes the allegations
  • Working with medical experts to analyze records, documents and testimony
  • Researching precedents from previous cases that could help your defense
  • Drafting persuasive legal documents and briefs arguing to have charges dismissed
  • Negotiating with the OPMC to get charges reduced or dropped
  • Aggressively defending you in hearings to avoid suspension or revocation
  • Filing appeals of unfavorable rulings to higher courts

Having the right lawyer in your corner can mean the difference between losing your medical license permanently or having the case dismissed. Don’t leave your career up to chance. Work with a knowledgeable lawyer who understands the complexities of these cases. We can help build strong defenses, negotiate with prosecutors, and give you the powerful legal advocacy you need. Your medical license is worth fighting for.

Specific Defenses in Medical License Cases

There are a number of legal and procedural defenses that an experienced lawyer can use to defend your medical license, including:

  • Lack of Evidence – If the allegations aren’t supported by sufficient evidence, we can move to have charges dismissed.
  • Negligence vs. Misconduct – There’s a difference between a medical mistake and intentional misconduct. We can argue your actions don’t warrant discipline.
  • Disparate Treatment – We’ll compare your case to others to see if you’re being treated more harshly than average.
  • Mitigating Factors – If there are circumstances (like an illness) that affected your judgment, we can argue for leniency.
  • Time Limits – There are limits on how long after an incident charges can be filed. We can argue the complaint is outdated.
  • Procedural Issues – Any problems with how the investigation was conducted could invalidate the findings.
  • Appeals – We pursue every avenue to appeal if an unfavorable decision is reached.

Don’t give up hope. Even in difficult cases, an experienced lawyer can often find ways to defend your reputation, career and medical license.

What to Do If You’re Under Investigation

If you receive a letter from the OPMC informing you that a complaint has been filed, or investigators reach out requesting an interview, here are some important steps to take:

  • Remain Silent – Do not speak to investigators without your lawyer present. Anything you say can be used against you.
  • Hire a Lawyer – Contact an experienced medical license defense lawyer immediately. The sooner you have legal representation, the better.
  • Gather Evidence – Start gathering any documents, records or other evidence that could help refute the allegations.
  • Cooperate with Your Lawyer – Follow your lawyer’s advice closely throughout the investigation process. They know how to protect your rights.
  • Avoid Social Media – Do not post anything about your case on social media platforms, as that could complicate your defense.

The most critical first step is to hire a knowledgeable lawyer right away. This can help ensure the best possible outcome for your case.

Why Choose Us for Your Medical License Defense

If your medical license and livelihood are being threatened by allegations of misconduct, I strongly encourage you to get in touch with me for skilled and aggressive legal representation. Here’s how I can help:

  • Over 20 years of criminal defense experience
  • Former Special Assistant Attorney General with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
  • Deep understanding of the OPMC disciplinary process
  • Successfully defended doctors, nurses and other medical professionals
  • Handled hundreds of complex NY medical license cases
  • Compassionate support and guidance during this difficult time
  • Creative, out-of-the-box legal strategies
  • Reasonable legal fees; easy payment plans available

I will stand by your side and fight to protect your medical license, reputation and career. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for a free consultation regarding your case. I represent clients across Long Island and New York.


Having your medical license threatened with suspension or revocation can be an extremely stressful and frightening experience. But you don’t have to go through it alone. With an experienced Long Island medical license defense lawyer on your side, you can rest assured knowing someone is fighting aggressively to protect your livelihood and reputation.

Don’t leave your career up to chance. Work with a knowledgeable lawyer who understands the complexities of these cases. We can help build strong defenses, negotiate with prosecutors, and give you the powerful legal advocacy you need. Your medical license is worth fighting for.

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