There are many different situations that can lead to a charge of practicing medicine without a license. You don’t need us to tell you that this is a serious charge. What you need is a law firm who will vigorously defend you and protect your rights. That’s exactly the firm you’ve found in Gilbert & Smallman.
The consequences of conviction can be devastating
A conviction for practicing medicine without a license can lead to up to five years in prison and a fee of up to $5,000 for every count. There are other sanctions and civil penalties that may apply to your case as well. Your rights need to be protected. You need to minimize the damage. Call our law offices immediately for your free initial consultation.
According to Florida law, any of the following is considered a third degree felony:
- Practicing medicine or attempting to practice medicine without a valid license to practice in the state of Florida.
- Using or attempting to use a license that’s been suspended or revoked.
- Misrepresenting yourself to obtain or attempt to obtain a license to practice medicine.
- Getting hired or attempting to get hired as a medical practitioner or resident in a hospital or clinic by misrepresenting your experience, training, or education.
As you can see, you don’t always have to have succeeded. Simply trying to practice medicine without a license can be a third degree felony in the state of Florida.
The following are examples of activities that could lead to a first degree misdemeanor charge of practicing medicine without a license:
- Concealing information about your lack of license.
- Willfully making a false oath.
- Referring a patient.
- Leading someone to believe that you are a licensed medical doctor or are somehow engaged in the licensed practice of medicine.
- Practicing medicine with an inactive license.
If you’ve read both the list of felonies and the list of misdemeanors carefully, then you’ve likely noticed that there’s some overlap. Why? Because in some cases the same action can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor. There are numerous factors that could sway a prosecutor either way, but the best thing you can do to reduce the charges as much as possible is to work with a qualified attorney.
The Law Offices of Gilbert & Smallman are here to help you. We have the experience and expertise you need to have the best possible outcome. Contact us today for your free initial consultation.