Encino Doctor Pleads Not Guilty To Drug Charges
An Encino doctor being accused of illegally selling prescription drugs pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in Los Angeles’ Downtown Criminal Courts Building.
The doctor, an internal medicine specialist, runs an urgent care clinic and has been charged with 11 felony counts of unlawfully prescribing drugs, including many popular narcotic painkillers. The doctor was, allegedly, prescribing these drugs to patients, and undercover agents from the California Medical Board, without performing required exams first.
Essentially, it is being alleged that this doctor sold and prescribed these drugs to undercover agents for no medical reason. It is not against the law for doctors to prescribe these drugs, but the prescription needs to be for a legitimate medical purpose.
The doctor was released from jail on $80,000 bail and faces more than 7 years in state prison if convicted on all counts. Furthermore, the doctor faces administrative proceedings and the possible loss of his medical license from the California Medical Board.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime and holds a professional license with the state, it is important to contact an attorney as early as possible. You can expect to get a notification from the licensing agency saying they are aware of some incident and, in all likelihood, pursue their own disciplinary proceedings. In other words, you will have to fight in court and with the state licensing agency.
For doctors, lawyers, nurses and other state-licensee’s, losing your license or having a disciplinary matter on your record can have a severe impact on your professional and ability to earn income. Contact attorney Ross Erlich as soon as possible so that he create good lines of communication between you and the state agency in an effort to prevent any professional implications.
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