While most people know that intentional or willful tax evasion is illegal, there are some who fail to weigh the consequences before trying to outsmart the government. Yet, in most instances, tax evasion stems not from intention, but from poor record keeping, procrastination, accidental oversight, or failure to seek competent assistance. Sadly, the reasons or factors of your tax evasion case may be irrelevant when it comes to your medical license – at least as far as the Texas Medical Board is concerned.
Tax Evasion and the Texas Medical Board
Although tax evasion is typically thought of as a criminal offense, the Texas Medical Board (TMB) may also consider it to be moral turpitude. What is more, the Board may suspend your license, without a hearing, while your criminal charges are pending. If that happened, you would be unable to practice medicine until your license was restored. Sadly, restoration of your license could be difficult to achieve if you are ultimately convicted of the charges or another infraction is discovered during the criminal or investigative process.
Protecting Your Medical License While Fighting Criminal Charges
Protecting your license while dealing with criminal charges is no easy task. In fact, you may barely have a chance to contact an attorney before the TMB is notified of your arrest. However, this is not always the case, which is why physicians are advised to not contact the TMB without first consulting an attorney. Do not notify them of your arrest or charges. Do not speak with them if they call. Instead, refer them to your counsel.
Managing your investigation with the TMB in this way offers several benefits. First, it can reduce your risk of having your license suspended or revoked in situations of innocence. Secondly, it can give your attorney time to mitigate against any potential damage that may result from a conviction (even if it is a wrongful one). Lastly, an attorney can manage the legal aspects of your case so that you can focus your time and energy on the criminal aspect of your situation. Just be sure to employ the aid of one sooner, rather than later, as every passing moment increases the chance of you experiencing disciplinary action.
Contact Our Texas Medical License Defense Lawyer
If you believe you could be at risk for criminal charges, or if you have already been arrested and charged, contact Oscar San Miguel, Attorney at Law, for assistance with protecting your medical license. Backed by almost 30 years of experience, our seasoned Texas medical license defense lawyer can protect your rights and your license throughout the entire process. No matter what the circumstance, we will aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome possible. Call 512-228-7946 and schedule your personalized consultation today.