Failure to Report a Conviction or Plea for Dietitians and Nutritionists

Failure to Report a Conviction or Plea for Dietitians and NutritionistsDietitians and Nutritionists are core members of any health care team. They contribute a wide range of skills as practitioners, educators, clinicians, researchers, and leaders in the field of dietary health. Dietitians and Nutritionists can help clients lose weight, manage food allergies, treat diet-related chronic diseases, aid with malnutrition or insufficient intake, or simply answer questions about food and diet. To become a dietitian or nutritionist in Florida, you must be licensed by the state through the Board of Medicine’s Dietetic and Nutrition Practice Council.

Once you secure your Florida dietitian/nutritionist license, you can practice throughout the state. However, any slip-up could force you to forfeit your license, and with it, your livelihood. For example, suppose you’re arrested for a criminal offense and fail to report it to the Board of Medicine’s Dietetic and Nutrition Practice Council. In that case, you may face penalties that include a letter of reprimand, fines, probation, and potentially a license suspension or revocation. If you find yourself on the wrong side of the law and need help protecting your rights, it’s crucial that you get in touch with the professional license defense attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm as soon as possible.

What Are the Repercussions for Failing to Report a Plea Deal or Conviction to the Board of Medicine?

Regardless of the crime you’re up against, it’s crucial that you’re mindful of the professional ramifications and criminal sanctions you could face. If you enter a plea deal or you’re charged with a crime and you try to hide it, the Board may reprimand your dietitian/nutritionist license. The penalties you could face if you fail to report your plea deal or conviction—or if you’re found to have violated your Florida dietitian/nutritionist license—include the following:

  • A letter of reprimand
  • Fines
  • Probation
  • A license suspension
  • A license revocation

As a dietitian or nutritionist, not reporting your conviction or plea to the Board can endanger your license and threaten your very livelihood. If you’re worried your license may be in jeopardy, don’t delay seeking experienced legal defense.

What Are the Grounds for a Florida Dietitian or Nutritionist to Face Disciplinary Action?

Failing to report a crime to the Board isn’t the only issue that may lead to discipline for licensed dieticians and nutritionists. For instance, you may see punitive action for complaints related to negligible or misleading advice or services. Florida Statute 468.518 states that grounds for discipline may include:

  • Using misrepresentation or fraud to obtain a license to practice dietetics and nutrition
  • Conviction of a crime related to your profession
  • Filing a misleading or false record or report
  • Intentionally breaking the rules or regulations adopted by the DOH
  • Using alcohol, drugs, or narcotics while engaging in the dietetics and nutrition practice
  • Advertising fraudulent, misleading, or deceptive services or goods
  • Practicing dietetics and nutrition without an active and valid license
  • Failing to maintain acceptable standards of practice as required by the Board and the Council

In general, dieticians and nutritionists who commit any act of fraud, deceit, incompetency, misconduct, or negligence may face disciplinary action from the Board of Medicine. Likewise, as stated, neglecting to submit your conviction or plea deal could also lead to a violation.

Contact a Knowledgeable Florida Professional License Defense Lawyer

If you’re a licensed dietitian or nutritionist who’s facing penalties for failing to report a conviction or plea deal to the Florida Board of Medicine’s Dietetic and Nutrition Practice Council, it’s vital that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Fortunately, you don’t have to look far and wide for help. At The Umansky Law Firm, our team of skilled criminal and professional license defense attorneys has a wealth of experience assisting individuals in your shoes. We’ll do everything in our power to protect your rights.

With more than 100 years of combined legal experience, our best-in-class team of lawyers has the proficiency to examine your case and battle for a positive outcome. We understand everything there is to know about Florida administrative laws—especially as it relates to dietitians and nutritionists—and are committed to safeguarding you from any additional penalties that threaten your livelihood and reputation. Get in contact with us at (407) 890-0336 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation today.