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Is Your Medical License In Jeopardy Due to a 1st Time Arrest?

Is Your Medical License In Jeopardy Due to a 1st Time Arrest?

If you are a doctor or nurse with a first-time arrest for DUI, domestic violence or drug offense, you could lose your professional license – and your career and livelihood. When a health care professional is charged with a crime, it can have serious consequences to your career – even if you are found not guilty.

Licensed health care professionals in Illinois fall under the guidelines of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), which can suspend licenses and invoke fines of $10,000 or more. The Medical Practice Act of 1987 (225 ILCS 60/), says that IDFPR may

“revoke, suspend, place on probation, reprimand, refuse to issue or renew, or take any other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action as the Department may deem proper.” 

Getting A Job in Health Care After A Conviction

Healthcare workers facing criminal charges can have serious consequences on their reputation and professional license. People with certain criminal convictions are not allowed to work in a healthcare setting in Illinois. Even something as minor as a misdemeanor can put your license in danger of being restricted or lost. It could also inhibit your ability to prescribe medication, increase malpractice insurance rates and affect reporting requirements.

Godoy Law Office in Chicago provides assertive criminal defense for health care professionals charged with a variety of crimes, including:

• Driving under the influence (DUI) or other traffic violations

• Drug possession

• Domestic assault/battery

• Gun charges such as conceal and carry violations

Have You Been Charged With DUI?

If you are charged with DUI, your license can be suspended. Even if you are found not guilty of Driving Under the Influence, the consequences can be far-reaching and destroy your career and increase your medical malpractice insurance fees. If you are convicted of DUI, an experienced DUI lawyer can work to keep your license and your employment.

Are You An Immigrant Medical Professional Charged With a 1st Offense?

Any criminal charge can jeopardize your immigration status. Criminal charges can have a huge impact on immigration status. If you have immigration concerns and are facing DUI charges in Illinois, you need to secure the representation of an attorney who understands how these issues affect each other. All of our lawyers are Spanish-speaking former prosecutors who practice immigration law as well as criminal law. We can build a DUI defense that addresses the immigration side of your case as well as the criminal charges.

Don’t Let Criminal Charges End Your Medical Career

Godoy Law Office’s experience in criminal law as a former assistant state’s attorney and dedication to immigration law gives us a distinct advantage that allows us to fight zealously on your behalf. 

Small offenses can have serious, long-term consequences for non-citizens. Know your rights, and protect your rights. If you or a loved one are charged with a crime, call an experienced crimmigration legal team with specialized knowledge of both criminal and immigration law. Our attorneys at Godoy Law Office practice criminal defense and immigration law. Call us today at 630-912-0322.

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AREAS WE SERVE: Godoy Law Office serves the entire Chicago, Illinois area including DuPage, Cook, Kane, Will, and Lake Counties


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