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Opioid Prescription Malpractice Lawyer in West Covina

Legal Representation for Physicians Charged with Opioid Overprescription

The opioid epidemic is a crisis that some belief stems from doctors haphazardly overprescribing [MB1] opioid pills their patients don’t really need, creating addicts. Patients are often seeking the “high” these powerful medications bring, rather than needing the pills for significant pain relief, and may manipulatively convince their physician into writing a prescription. Without strict regulations and careful medical supervision, even well-meaning physicians can be hit with a professional malpractice case from a former patient.

Increasingly, doctors are held liable for their alleged role in perpetuating the opioid crisis. If you were charged with professional malpractice for opioid overprescription, you have rights that a skilled attorney can help you protect. Don’t leave your future and freedom to chance.

Contact our opioid prescription malpractice attorney at Coimbra Law, APC at (626) 827-7222 for a free consultation.

Penalties for Overprescribing Opioids

Law enforcement is coming down hard on alleged doctors who overprescribe opioids. In fact, in February 2019, the U.S. Attorney’s Office issued a press release stating that more than 180 medical professionals in Wisconsin were cautioned about their opioid prescribing practices. These letters were part of a broader federal effort to curtail the opioid crisis nationwide. While these letters acknowledged that many of the opioid prescriptions written for patients were for a legitimate purpose, it warned prescribers they could be held legally responsible for overprescribing through criminal prosecution.

The penalties a physician may face for overprescribing opioids varies based on the facts of the case but can be very serious. Depending on the scope of the violation, it can be a misdemeanor or felony charge.

Doctors convicted of overprescription, per the California Health and Safety Code Section 11153, may face:

  • Up to 1 year in jail
  • A fine up to $20,000
  • Loss of their license to practice medicine

Contact Our West Covina Opioid Prescription Malpractice Lawyer Today – (626) 827-7222

Facing charges for overprescribing opioids? You’re not alone. Many well-intentioned medical professionals face these charges, and through the skilled legal defense, can have their charges dismissed or reduced. Coimbra Law, APC, can help you fight to continue practicing medicine and stay out of jail.

For a solid defense strategy, contact Coimbra Law, APC today at (626) 827-7222. We offer free consultations.


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