Ever since the conviction of Dr. Conrad Murray for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson, governmental authorities have been moving aggressively against doctors and professors and other individuals, charging criminal acts where before we’d otherwise see only a private civil lawsuit, if anything. This overreaching by government deserves a strong response, and individuals and medical practices caught in this vortex of prosecutors gone wild deserve a strong defense.
Feds Believe Dr. Was a Licensed Drug Dealer
Federal authorities in Los Angeles arrested Dr. Julio Diaz, a Santa Barbara pain management specialist, this past week, on charging of illegal drug trafficking. The Feds are reacting to the deaths of several of Diaz’ patients over the years, and believe that Dr. Diaz over-prescribed medication to the patients who died. The Feds believe Dr. Diaz was a licensed drug dealer, in essence. But even the U.S. Attorney’s Office in LA, which is prosecuting the case, knows its charges are a stretch, that it can’t realistically charge anything like homicide, and they concede that a causal connection between writing prescriptions and a patient’s dying is tough to prove.
Extraordinary Investigative Power
So why are they charging Dr. Diaz? Because they can. Federal authorities have frighteningly extraordinary investigative power, and they often try and test the waters to see how much the public (read: juries) will tolerate in terms of novel theories of criminal liability. This may be just such a case. And for doctors and other medical practitioners, especially people in the medically legitimate field of pain management, the Diaz case could be very scary: Scary because the federal government can Tuesday say that what you did Monday was illegal, even when the government told you Sunday that it was fine.
Meister Law, Experienced Defense Lawyers
If you or someone important to you think you may be at risk of federal or state law enforcement investigation over prescription drugs, pain management, or other legal issues related to your medical practice, call the experienced defense lawyers of the Meister Law Offices in Los Angeles for a free consultation 213-293-3737. Or reach criminal defense attorney Steve Meister, at Steve@meisterlawoffices.com.