What does the Law say?
Title 21 Section 831
Every physician who being in the state of intoxication administers any poison, drug or medicine, or does any other act as such physician to another person, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
What do I do now?
Even if no harm results from being impaired and caring for patients, you can still be criminally liable. While this is only a misdemeanor, a conviction could still have negative effects on your ability to practice medicine. It is likely that if you have been criminally charged for being intoxicated while caring for patients that you are already under investigation by your employer and your licensing agency. A criminal conviction would just add insult to injury.
Whatever the circumstance, we are here to help. Call us today so that we can start working on your case and provide you with a zealous defense.