You are a health care professional who has worked hard to get to where you are. For this reason, you should be careful when responding to criminal charges of any kind. Often, legal troubles can lead to a loss of a professional license, especially if you are in the medical field.
If you are ever in this difficult position, knowing how to respond can lead to better outcomes. Here are three common mistakes people make when facing the loss of licensing and how to avoid them.
1. Admitting fault
While you should avoid being rude or aggressive toward law enforcement, never admit to anything. You have the right to remain silent. If they ask you questions, answer by saying you would like legal representation before speaking further.
2. Withholding information from a lawyer
Another common mistake people make is keeping important information from the legal representation they hire. While being open can be scary, your lawyer needs to know the full picture in order to help you find the best solutions for your case.
3. Moving too slow
Because of the potential costs of losing your license, you should never ignore any kinds of charges that may threaten your career. Once a judge has revoked licensure, it can be more challenging to appeal the case than it would have been to defend against the original charge.
At the end of the day, your medical license is more than permission to do your job; it is the key to your entire livelihood. Understanding common mistakes can help you avoid unnecessary legal troubles if you ever face criminal charges.