DENTAL LICENSE DEFENSE
Texas Dental License Defense Attorneys
All Texas dentists rely on good standing with the state licensing board in order to keep their practices open. If this relationship sours because of suspected malpractice, fraud, drug use, or other illegal or negligent practices, a dentist could have his or her license suspended or revoked permanently. Obtaining a strong legal defense is key if you are facing a license investigation by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners. Having a good lawyer represent your case could mean the difference between having an investigation dropped and being heavily penalized by the state board.
Facing the loss of your license to practice dental medicine can be frightening, as it can mean losing your ability to provide for yourself and your family. If you are facing a review board, securing the representation of an experienced Texas dental license defense attorney may be your first step to protecting yourself and your practice from serious repercussions.
At the Leichter Law Firm, we are dedicated to protecting the freedoms and privileges of our professional clients. To discuss your case and needs with one of our compassionate and understanding Texas dental license defense attorneys, please contact us today by calling 512-495-9995.
Texas Dental Defense
The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners is responsible for monitoring and regulating the practice of Dentistry in the state of Texas through the enforcement of the Dental Practice Act, Texas Occupations Code § 251.001 et. al.
§ 263.002 of the Dental Practice Act authorizes the Board of Dental Examiners to impose disciplinary action against a license or dentist’s registration for:
- Negligent Quality of Care
- Professional Misconduct
- Non-Therapeutic Prescribing
- Boundary Violations
- Inadequate Maintenance of Patient Charts & Records
- Chemical Dependency
- Criminal Arrests, Charges or Convictions
- Unprofessional Conduct
The disciplinary process begins with an Investigation by the Board of Dental Examiner’s Enforcement Division into the license holder’s alleged violation under 22 Texas Administrative Code § 107 Subchapter B. Once the investigation is completed, the Board has three options: (1) close the case for a lack of a violation; (2) refer the case to an Informal Settlement Conference (Dental Practice Act §§ 263.007 – 263.0075 and 22 Texas Administrative Code § 107.63,); or (3) refer the case for an Administrative Hearing (Dental Practice Act § 263.003). The dentist has a right to counsel at every stage of this disciplinary process.
Pursuant to Dental Practice Act § 263.002(a), the Dental Board may reprimand or administratively fine the license holder and may probate and monitor, suspend, or revoke a dentist’s license to practice dentistry in the state of Texas based on any finding of a ground for discipline.
With regards to chemical dependency, the Board of Dental Examiners takes a proactive approach to providing recovery and support for dentists with an addiction to alcohol or chemical dependency. The Professional Recovery Network, established by the Texas Pharmacy Association, assists dental professionals who suffer from the disease of addiction.
Defending Against a Board Investigation
The state board is responsible for licensing qualified dentists and upholding a high standard of care for all practicing professionals. If a dentist is suspected of violating that standard, he or she could be investigated and penalties may be issued. Unfortunately, sometimes the board prematurely initiates a case when there is little evidence against a practicing dentist. A dentist may be wrongly punished in a case in which there is only tenuous evidence against him or her.
Fortunately, you can take legal action to avoid the risk of being wrongly penalized for a licensing violation. An experienced Texas dental license defense lawyer can help you by:
- Fielding all communications between you and the licensing board
- Gathering evidence to support your case
- Scrutinizing the validity and legality of evidence or testimony brought against you
- Negotiating less severe penalties or having penalties dropped
- Negotiating alternatives to license suspension or revocation
If you are at risk of losing your dental license, the Texas dental license defense attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm may be able to help you. To discuss the circumstances of your case with us in detail, please contact us today by calling 512-495-9995.