How Would A Drug Offense Affect My Professional License In Pennsylvania?

August 15, 2017By Brian Manchester

Pennsylvania statute 35 Pa. C.S.A. 780-123 gives several powers your Professional licenses administrative bodies over those individuals who hold a professional license in Pennsylvania. These bodies can revoke or suspend your Pennsylvania professional license upon proof that the licensee is drug dependent on the use of any controlled substance, if you plead guilty or nolo contendere (no contest) or are convicted of a felony under the drug statutes of Pennsylvania. However, before any such revocation or suspension, there must be a reasonable notice and hearing/opportunity to be heard where the accused can be represented by counsel.

Below I have compiled a list of professions and how drug offenses can affect their licenses.

Chiropractor: Your license will be refused or revoked for any felony drug conviction within 10 years. Your license could be refused or revoked for any other felony or misdemeanor relating to a health profession.

Dentist: Your license will be refused or revoked for any felony drug conviction within 10 years. Your license could be refused or revoked for any other felony or misdemeanor relating to a health profession.

Nurse (Registered Nurse and Licensed Practical Nurse): Your license will be refused or revoked for any felony drug conviction within 10 years. Your license could be refused or revoked for any other felony or crime of moral turpitude.

Occupational Therapist: Your license could be refused or revoked for any conviction where the crime has a direct bearing on your “fitness” to be an Occupational Therapist.

Optometrist: Your license will be suspended for a felony drug conviction. Your license could be refused or revoked for any other felony or crime of moral turpitude.

Osteopath: Your license could be refused or revoked for any felony conviction or crime of moral turpitude or any crime related directly to the practice of osteopathic medicine.

Pharmacists: Your license could be refused or revoked for any felony conviction or crime of moral turpitude or any crime related directly to the practice of a pharmacist.

Physical Therapist: Your license will be refused or revoked for any felony drug conviction within the last 10 years.

Physician: Your license will be refused or revoked for any felony drug conviction within the last 10 years. Your license could be refused or revoked for any other felony or misdemeanor relating to a health profession.

Physician’s Assistant: Your license could be refused or revoked for any felony conviction.

Podiatrist: Your license could be refused or revoked for any conviction in connection with the practice of podiatric medicine or involving moral turpitude.

Psychologist: Your license will be refused or revoked for any felony drug conviction in the last 10 years. Your license could be refused or revoked for any felony or misdemeanor conviction in connection with the practice of psychology.

Obviously, the best way to prevent any of these issues is to not be convicted at all. If there is no conviction then there should be no strike against your professional license.

It is extremely important to contact an experienced law firm right away if you or someone you know is facing criminal charges in Pennsylvania. If you, your son, daughter, or loved one in Pennsylvania has been arrested for a crime in state or federal court in Pennsylvania you need legal representation. Here at Manchester and Associates, we represent people across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For a free consultation we can be contacted at 1-800-243-4878.

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Brian Manchester is the owner of Manchester and Associates in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. His law firm practices DUI and Criminal Defense exclusively throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania in both state and federal court. He has a team of two other lawyers with a combined 50 years of trial and courtroom experience are also trained in science and many other skills that are relevant to criminal defense to include the psychology of persuasion as well. One of his associates is a former District Attorney (chief prosecutor) in central Pennsylvania.   Mr. Manchester and his team routinely handle serious felony cases including murder, manslaughter, sex crimes, complex financial crimes, and serious assaults. A large part of Mr. Manchester’s practice is the defense of alcohol and drug-based DUI offenses as well as drug cases using science and analytical chemistry. Mr. Manchester has training as a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor. He is one of a handful of Certified Lawyer-Scientists as recognized by the American Chemical Society in the United States. He is a member of NCDD and is a Founding Member of DUIDLA. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society with over 170,000 members across the world. To date, he is the only practicing criminal defense lawyer to belong to the Society of Forensic Toxicologist where he is an Associate Member. Mr. Manchester speaks nationally on the topic of blood and drug testing for alcohol as well as the metrological (measurement uncertainty) in forensic testing.

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