You had a few drinks at dinner and made the mistake of getting behind the wheel. You were certain you were sober enough to be driving, but you slid too fast through a stop sign and saw red and blue lights flashing behind you.
Not all professional misconduct is the same. There are ordinary slip-ups that are labeled "misconduct." Then there are major mistakes that can cost you your reputation, your job and your professional license -- no matter what field you are in.
You worked for years to gain the knowledge you needed to pass the Bar exam and obtain your law license. It might seem a little unfair, then, that a mistake could strip you of your license to practice -- even though you still have all the requisite knowledge to be a good attorney.
When you're a physician, receiving a notice that you're under investigation by the medical board can feel like the worst kind of intrusion on your life and your practice. If you've received such a letter, however, how you choose to handle the situation can ultimately determine the trajectory for your entire career.
Is a California pain doctor -- much-beloved by her patients and respected by her peers -- really putting her patients at risk of death by overprescribing opioids to some and allowing others to be on dangerous combos of opioids and benzodiazepines?
A legal malpractice claim against you is one of the top things that could put your license in jeopardy -- so it's critically important to understand what is likely to bring that kind of trouble to your doorstep.
One of the worst nightmares an attorney can experience is an accusation of malpractice -- and that can happen very easily if you make a mistake during the discovery process. Aside from putting your client in a bad position, you could be putting your career in jeopardy as well.
"Hey, you're an attorney! I have a question for you!"
An attorney's job isn't always the easiest. No matter which area of law you practice, you probably have a first-hand look at people who are going through some of the darkest days of their lives. All too frequently, you may have to deliver clients the bad news that they can't get exactly what they want.
There's nothing that makes news faster than allegations of misconduct by a teacher -- especially when it directly involves a child in some way. Once an allegation is made, it can ruin your reputation and standing in your community for years to come.