Domestic Violence Arrest Could Result In Discipline by the California Medical Board
Domestic violence arrests and charges have become rather common in criminal court. Those arrested may be esteemed members of our community such as physicians, lawyers, judges, politicians and business owners who have a career at stake. For California physicians who have been arrested for domestic violence, having a skilled criminal defense attorney and California professional license attorney immediately after your arrest may be the difference between having an accusation filed by the California Medical Board or not.
When you get arrested for domestic violence, the standard protocol is that the officer making the arrest issues a 5 day restraining order preventing contact between the victim and suspect. This means that within the 5 days, the prosecuting agency has to decide whether the case is serious enough to require judicial intervention and if so, will seek to extended the restraining order.
Skilled criminal defense attorneys will be able to advise clients of the prudent steps to take to mitigate their damage in criminal court. Additionally, working with a medical license attorney will allow advice on how best to proceed so that the California Medical Board will not initiate an investigation based on the arrest.
The California Medical Board takes all arrests seriously, especially domestic violence. They learn of these arrests after fingerprints are input into a database where the suspect is identified as having a California medical license. The Department of Justice, who maintains the database, then notifies the California Medical Board. In turn, the medical board will contact the licensed physician requesting to set up a meeting.