The effect of criminal convictions on California professional licenses
by Stephen M. Boreman on May 15, 2017
California's attitudes toward drunk driving and the laws reflecting those attitudes, including the laws, policies and regulations of the Medical Board of California, find their roots in the political success of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a private, non-profit organization. In 1980, Candace "Candy" Lightner founded Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) after her thirteen year old daughter, Cari, was killed by a drunk driver with a record of prior drunk driving offenses. By 1984 the organization had attracted the attention of U.S. politicians.
by Stephen M. Boreman on November 16, 2015
A California medical resident was applying for his Physician and Surgeon's Certificate. Question No. 55 on the Medical Board's application form asked for disclosure of all criminal offenses, including felonies, misdemeanors and infractions, except for charges "dismissed under section 1000.3 of the California Penal Code or equivalent non-California laws". The resident did not know if this meant he had to disclose three offenses committed when he was an adult but treated as a minor relative to alcohol and False I.D. matters that occurred while he was in college in another state.
by Adam G. Slote on August 25, 2014
After successful completion of diversion or deferred entry of judgment in California under Penal Code sections 1001.9 and 1000.4,the arrest and diversion or deferred entry of judgment is deemed not to have occurred, and the licensee or applicant “may indicate in response to any question concerning his or her prior criminal record that he or she was not arrested or diverted [or granted deferred entry of judgment] for the offense….” (Penal Code sections 1001.9 and 1000.4.)
by Adam G. Slote on August 23, 2014
California RNs often ask the question: "I have a DUI case pending in criminal court and I may go to trial or settle, should I report the case on my license renewal application?"
The answer is No. As of the date of this article, the CA Board of Registered Nursing's license renewal application requires disclosure of criminal convictions, but not pending cases. Some nurses ask whether they should report the case anyway to make the Board of Registered Nursing look upon them more favorably. We have no data to suggest this approach would be helpful and do not recommend it.
by Adam G. Slote on February 19, 2013
The Medical Board of California granted our Petition for Penalty Relief after an administrative hearing. Our client is a physician who accepted his original California Medical License with five years of probation because of a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol as a medical resident. After two years of probation, we petitioned for early termination of the California medical license probation.
by Stephen M. Boreman on January 19, 2013
The California Medical Board issued physician and surgeon certificates (medical licenses) to three license applicants who were arrested in different states. Each of the doctors applying for a California medical license had a criminal case which resulted in deferred entry of judgment rather than conviction.
One was arrested for misdemeanor shoplifting on the East Coast. The case ended in "Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal." There was no guilty plea or conviction. The charges were later dismissed.
by Adam G. Slote on April 02, 2012
Our client is a medical doctor who was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in California. California physicians are required to report misdemeanor criminal convictions within 30 days. (See Business and Professions Code section 802.1.) We prepared a report letter disclosing the conviction and explaining the circumstances. Fortunately, the doctor's DUI was a first time offense and his or her blood alcohol level was close to the legal limit.