Failure to Report a Conviction or Plea for Pharmacists

Failure to Report a Conviction or Plea for PharmacistsAre you a licensed pharmacist in Florida who has been accused of committing a criminal offense? As a professional licensed by the Florida Department of Health (DOH), you may be subject to stricter penalties than those who do not hold a professional license. Even a criminal traffic violation, like, for example, driving on a suspended license, can lead to disciplinary action. Licensed pharmacists must follow stringent reporting requirements whenever they’re indicted for a criminal offense, regardless of whether they enter a plea or are found guilty.  

Even if the criminal offense for which you’re accused feels unjustified, it is imperative to your future as a licensed Florida pharmacist to know the professional implications along with the criminal sanctions you may face. The Florida DOH mandates that all licensed health professionals provide information on their case’s outcome to the relevant Board or the DOH when there is no Board—for licensed pharmacists, you must advise the Board of Pharmacy within 30 days. This page features all the information you need to know.

Orlando Lawyers Representing Florida Pharmacists Accused of a Crime

Any licensed pharmacist accused of committing a criminal offense in Florida should seek reliable legal counsel from an experienced criminal defense attorney. It is essential to partner with an attorney who can defend you against criminal charges and understand licensed health professionals’ reporting obligations. Before entering a plea, you should be highly aware of the potential consequences that may result.

When you hire a criminal defense lawyer from The Umansky Law Firm, our skilled legal professionals work tirelessly to build a persuasive and effective defense against the charges you face. Our goal is to minimize the penalties that you may face in criminal cases such as the following: 

  • DUIs/DWIs
  • Criminal traffic offenses, like reckless driving
  • Misdemeanors, like cannabis possession or battery
  • Felonies, like prescription drug fraud or pharmacy theft

Partnering with The Umansky Law Firm’s attorneys allows you to benefit from not only a skilled criminal defense attorney but also one who is highly trained in Florida’s administrative laws. Our talented legal professionals know what it takes to safeguard your pharmacist license from disciplinary actions effectively. We walk our clients through each step of this challenging process, helping you with everything from collecting documents to writing a report to the Board of Pharmacy.

When legal challenges have the potential to inflict damaging consequences on your freedom, reputation, and career—turn to The Umansky Law Firm for strategic and practical legal advice so you can put this challenging time behind you.

Requirements of Licensed Florida Pharmacists after a Conviction or Plea Deal 

In Florida, licensed pharmacists have 30 days to inform the Board of Pharmacy if they have been convicted or pled guilty or nolo contendere to a crime. According to Florida Statute Section 456.072(1)(x), pharmacists and other medical professionals are subject to license discipline if they fail to report the case’s disposition to the Board or wait too long to do so.

Licensed pharmacists in Florida can report a criminal conviction or plea deal by mailing required and supporting documents to the Board Office at:

Department of Health

Board of Pharmacy

4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-04

Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258 

Note that the Board of Pharmacy requires licensees to submit official court documents and supporting documents that detail the following information:

  • The dates surrounding the crime
  • The county and state of jurisdiction. 
  • A description of the circumstances of the offense
  • The sections of the law violated
  • The disposition of the case

At The Umansky Law Firm, we have helped many licensed health professionals navigate this procedure. While you may feel intimidated and unsure throughout the reporting process, our professional license defense lawyers are prepared to guide and counsel you through every step of the self-reporting process, together with your criminal defense. 

Disciplinary Actions for Failing to Report a Conviction or Plea to the Board of Pharmacy

Any licensed Florida pharmacist who disregards or forgets about their obligation to report a conviction, guilty plea, or nolo contendere plea to the Board of Pharmacy can face serious administrative penalties that may involve: 

  • Steep fines
  • Suspension of license
  • Revocation of license

If you’ve never failed to notify the Board of a conviction or plea, you may be granted more leniency than you would for a subsequent offense.

It’s important to remember that a conviction or plea deal for a crime does not inevitably result in disciplinary action that impacts your pharmacist license or profession. However, suppose you ignore your responsibility to report the disposition of your case to the Board of Pharmacy within 30 days. In that case, the Board may have a stricter attitude when evaluating your case. 

What Does the Board of Pharmacy Consider When Assessing a Case?

The Board evaluates on a case-by-case basis. Some of the factors that may affect the Board’s ruling on disciplinary action imposed for failing to report a conviction or plea deal include:

  • The nature and severity of the crime
  • Efforts of rehabilitation if your crime related to drugs or alcohol
  •  The connection between offense and pharmaceutical drugs
  • The potential of damage you caused to the public 
  • Whether you have prior disciplinary actions on your record

Whether failing to report your crime will temporarily or permanently impact your pharmacist license is contingent on the circumstances surrounding the crime. Get in touch with the criminal and professional license defense attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm to determine the possible outcomes for your particular case. 

Skilled Professional License Defense Attorneys for Pharmacists in Orlando

If you’re a licensed pharmacist facing disciplinary actions for failing to report a crime to the Florida Board of Pharmacy, we strongly recommend that you obtain legal assistance immediately. For dependable legal help defending your freedom, rights, and profession as a licensed pharmacist, get in touch with the criminal and professional license defense attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm.

Our attorneys have wide-ranging criminal defense backgrounds with over 100 years of combined legal experience. We know what it takes to defend you during the administrative proceedings and help you avoid license suspension and criminal prosecution. Don’t wait to retain trusted legal help—the sooner we evaluate your case, the better your chances are to lessen disciplinary actions and move ahead without a criminal offense impacting your life. To talk to a knowledgeable, professional license defense lawyer, complete an online contact form or call our office at (407) 228-3838.