White Collar Defendants

Criminal Defense for Licensed Professionals in New York State

If you've been arrested for a felony or misdemeanor involving drugs or drunk driving, it makes sense to focus on the criminal charges. At the same time, it's a mistake to think that you can achieve the best possible result without considering the impact of your criminal defense problem on other aspects of your life.

Certain criminal cases will cause serious professional or occupational problems for certain people, and the attorney defending you should take these factors into account. To work with counsel who knows how to coordinate your criminal defense with the professional fallout from your legal problem, contact Michalski Militello LLP for a free evaluation of your case.

Facing Professional Licensing Problems? Call 585-351-2500

We also represent professionals facing complaints at the NYS Office of Professional Discipline. Did you know that being convicted of DWI is considered professional misconduct? The Office of the Professions investigates and prosecutes alleged misconduct of nurses, licensed engineers, physical therapists, psychotherapists, and numerous other types of licensed professionals. An experienced attorney who understands that the rules followed by the NYS Office of Professional Discipline are very different from the rules in regular courts can help you protect your license. Call us today.

We can tell you whether your license to teach or practice medicine will be affected by a conviction of a particular criminal offense, or whether an otherwise attractive plea offer might only lead to suspension proceedings against you. Whenever possible, our goal for professional clients is to resolve a criminal prosecution on terms that will not lead to additional administrative problems before a New York disciplinary panel or licensing board.

Much of our work defending professionals involves negotiations with the prosecutor on the criminal side of the case. We work hard to convince the prosecution to drop the charges that will lead most directly to licensing problems, especially if you have no prior criminal record. In some cases, we can also work with your licensing board or an agency investigator to minimize the impact on your professional standing while the criminal case is pending or even after a negotiated guilty plea.

If we can take a strong defense to a hearing, we can explain the circumstances of the case to your licensing board and work toward a deferral of disciplinary proceedings until your criminal problem is resolved. On the other hand, if strong evidence against you makes a negotiated plea likely in the criminal case, we can work with your board to mitigate disciplinary sanctions or limit the term of a suspension.

Find out more about the ways an experienced defense lawyer can protect your interests in a criminal case with professional implications. Contact Michalski Militello in Rochester or Avon for a free evaluation of your options.