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Moral turpitude is a risk to your medical license

You're a young professional, so there's no doubt that you like to go to parties and enjoy time with colleagues, friends and family. Medical school was extremely difficult, but you made it through. Now, you have a job that pays well and the extra time to enjoy those you care about.

The problem with partying too hard in your personal life is that it can affect your medical license. There would be nothing worse than going through years of medical school only to lose your license over something not even related to medicine. Unfortunately, that can happen.

Personal life: Use discretion One thing that you may not be aware of is that anything you do in your personal life can potentially affect your license. For instance, if you're pulled over by the police and receive a DUI, the medical board could suspend your license or take it away completely if it believes that your actions make you unfit to practice medicine.

Community standards and your career

Moral turpitude can cost you your license if you are not careful. Moral turpitude, defined, means a behavior or action that violates the sentiment or standards of a community. For the medical community, getting drunk and driving could be a grave violation of ethics and thus a sign of moral turpitude.

Criminal court vs. medical board

Another thing important to understand is that the medical board has different standards than the courts. In fact, even if the court doesn't find your actions a danger to your patients, the medical board may decide that they are. So, even though the U.S. courts don't believe you should lose your license, there is still the potential to lose it because of the medical board's decision.

You could face a medical board investigation if your conviction includes crimes of domestic violence, fraud, tax evasion, lewd behavior or moral turpitude. If you think that this may affect you in the future, it's important to talk to your attorney as soon as possible. If the conviction is dismissed, you may not need to face the medical board at all.

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