Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense For Physicians, Nurses and Other Licensed Professionals in Kentucky and Ohio

Elder & Good provides a full-service team approach to representing their clients in criminal investigations, trials and appeals. Chad Elder and Brian Good are former state and county prosecutors and provide comprehensive representation for the physician, nurse, pharmacist, dentist or other licensed professional faced with criminal charges and administrative action from their board or licensing agency. Importantly, our attorneys also know the potential consequences that a criminal charge or conviction can have on a medical, nurse, pharmacist, dental or other professional license.

It is imperative for a physician, nurse, dentist, pharmacist or other licensed professional to retain an attorney with knowledge of criminal law and administrative law. A criminal matter can greatly impact a medical, nurse, dental or pharmacist license in Kentucky and Ohio. For this reason, our attorneys possess substantial criminal law experience and strong medical license defense skills that enable them to effectively represent doctors in criminal court while also defending their medical licenses before the Kentucky and Ohio Medical Boards. Our attorneys also possess the skills and knowledge to do the same for nurses, pharmacists, dentists and other licensed professionals in Kentucky and Ohio.

Some convictions result in automatic revocation, suspension or limitation of a medical, nurse or other professional license, termination of employment or mandatory exclusion from Medicare, Medicaid and other private health insurance networks. Before a doctor, nurse, dentist or other licensed professional enters into any criminal plea agreement, it is imperative for them to know how the agreement may impact their ability to practice their chosen profession in Kentucky or Ohio.

The following is a list of the most common criminal offenses with which our attorneys have defended physicians, nurses, dentists and other licensed professionals in court and before state boards:

  • Drug Diversion
  • Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud and Deceit
  • Drug Possession
  • Illegal prescriptions
  • Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol (DUI)
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Theft
  • Assault
  • Sex offenses

Chad Elder and Brian Good are a legal team with substantial experience in criminal and administrative law and procedure. We possess the experience and knowledge to defend and guide those with medical, nurse and professional licenses through the entire criminal process in Kentucky and Ohio. This includes responding to the initial inquiry from law enforcement, assessing the strength of the evidence against our clients, conducting negotiations and discussions with law enforcement, attempting to resolve the case favorably and, if necessary, taking a case through trial.

It is extremely important to retain an experienced medical and professional license defense attorney with strong criminal defense credentials at the earliest stage of a criminal or board investigation in Kentucky or Ohio. This is true even when your initial contact regarding a violation that is potentially criminal comes from your board or licensing agency. Boards and licensing agencies often refer allegations of criminal conduct discovered during their investigations to state or federal law enforcement and prosecuting authorities. Some physicians, nurses, dentists and other licensed professionals admit to criminal conduct during an investigation by their board without realizing that their admission can lead to criminal charges.

Conversely, a physician, dentist, nurse, pharmacist or other licensed professional first may be contacted by law enforcement regarding an alleged crime in Kentucky or Ohio. A criminal investigation can lead to criminal prosecution and, at the same time, to a referral to the medical, nursing or other board or licensing agency in Kentucky or Ohio for further action against a medical, nurse or professional license.

Once legal counsel is retained, both law enforcement and administrative agencies are required to direct all inquiries through your attorney. Retaining Elder & Good during the earliest stage will help move the investigation and discussions with investigators in the direction most favorable to the client.

When criminal charges are imminent, our attorneys use their criminal defense skills and medical, nurse and professional license defense experience to reach favorable dispositions for clients in Kentucky and Ohio. A favorable result on a criminal case provides our attorneys with more ammunition to obtain favorable results for physicians, nurses and other licensed professionals while subsequently defending their medical or nurse license before medical or nursing boards in Kentucky and Ohio.

In short, Elder & Good attorneys possess the critical knowledge and experience to advise you regarding the impact of a criminal action or conviction on your medical, nurse, pharmacist, dental or other professional license in Kentucky and Ohio. We also have the experience to advise a physician, nurse, pharmacist or other licensed professional the impact a criminal action or conviction can have on employment, hospital credentials and participation in insurance networks or with Medicaid and Medicare in Kentucky or Ohio.

Elder & Good attorneys are prepared to defend you in a court of law and to defend your medical, nurse or other professional license before medical, nursing and other professional boards in Kentucky or Ohio.Contact us to learn more.