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Unauthorized Practice of Medicine Lawyer | CRS 12-36-129

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Feb 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Unauthorized Practice of Medicine Lawyer

Unauthorized practice of medicine in Denver, Aurora, or Lakewood is a crime involving falsely claiming to be a doctor or a specific assistant. Whether you're accused of advertising that you're qualified to practice medicine or providing another's credentials, these acts can result in jail time and fines. Writing prescriptions, recommending treatment, and evaluating test results can all lead to criminal charges if done without an active license. If you or someone you know is facing allegations of unauthorized practice of medicine exercise your right remain silent and contact our experienced defense attorneys.

Colorado Unauthorized Practice of Medicine Law 

Colorado's unauthorized practice law prohibits acting as a physician or an assistant without proper authorization. CRS 12-36-129 defines the specific elements of this offense throughout the state of Colorado. You commit this crime in Denver, Arapahoe, or Jefferson County if you:

  • practice or offer or attempt to practice,
  • medicine, practice as a physician assistant, or practice as an anesthesiologist assistant,
  • within Colorado without an active license

It is important to note that defendants in these cases may not have performed or completed the medical task incorrectly or harmed anyone. Additionally, some doctors with suspended licenses choose to continue their practice despite the resctrictions. 

These situations can also arise when someone immigrates to the US having practiced as a doctor elsewhere and continues to provide care, despite not being licensed here to do so.

How Serious is Unauthorized Practice of Medicine in CO?

Unauthorized practice of medicine is at minimum a class 2 misdemeanor throughout Colorado. A conviction can lead to:

  • a county jail sentence of 3 - 12 months,
  • fines of $250 - $1,000

However, unauthorized practice of medicine can become a felony. Situations where criminal impersonation occurs, fraud, forgery, or theft were involved, or it is a second or subsequent offense, defendants face elevated ramifications. In the most serious cases, defendants may have been falsely acting as a physician while committing sex offenses against patients.

Denver Unauthorized Practice Attorney 

Allegations of practicing medicine without authorization require skilled, strategic representation. We have decades of combined experience fighting for clients facing complex criminal charges in and around Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Aurora, and Lakewood. Perhaps you didn't perform any acts that fit the definition of practicing medicine, you're licensed to do what you did, or the accusations are false.

Contact our office for a free, confidential consultation today. Our determined criminal lawyers will carefully analyze your unique situation, as well as recommend next steps in your defense. Your future is worth protecting.

Don't talk to police about unauthorized medical practice - talk to us. 303-830-0880

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About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.

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