Domestic violence charges can have a wide range of impacts on your life. If you work in the medical field, you may have concerns about the effect a Protection from Abuse order could have on your medical license.
Does a PFA order affect your medical license?
What is a Protection From Abuse order?
A judge may enact a PFA order to protect someone from an alleged abuser. The PFA order makes it illegal for the subject of the order to contact the person who asked for it. There are multiple kinds of PFA orders.
The judge may issue an emergency or ex parte PFA order as a temporary measure until a final hearing is set if the judge believes the situation warrants it. At the final hearing, you can present evidence that refutes the need for the order. Because a finalized order can be a threat to your career, you may want to work with an attorney to mount your defense.
Can a PFA order affect my medical license?
The existence of a PFA order is usually not grounds to revoke a medical license. However, the domestic violence accusations that led to the order may trigger a professional misconduct investigation. Because of the potential for this type of investigation to lead to the loss of your license, you may want to talk to an attorney as soon as you become aware of the allegations.
A PFA order by itself is not likely to result in you losing your medical license. However, it can lead to a chain of actions that could harm your career and cost you your license. Working with a qualified attorney may help you avoid this complication.