Controlled Substances Registration

Controlled Substances Registration

If you’re a physician or another medical professional who deals with pharmaceuticals in the course of your practice, then you are required to maintain a controlled substances registration with the DEA. But accusations involving a controlled substance can result in the loss of a practitioner’s DEA registration. In fact, in recent years, controlled substances laws have become even stricter and more stringent, leaving more room for violations.

If you are facing allegations of violating controlled substances laws, your DEA registration could be at risk of suspension, revocation or demands for a voluntary surrender. The loss of your controlled substances registration can have a tremendously negative impact on your career, so it is important to turn to a team of professional administrative hearing defense lawyers with experience dealing with cases where a healthcare professional’s DEA registration may be at risk.

At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, our legal team has the experience, strategies and knowledge required to represent you at a state or federal administrative hearings, including SOAH, HIPDB and NPDB proceedings.

Our law firm is based in Plano, Texas, where practice founder Attorney Jeffrey C. Grass has been serving medical professionals for over two decades.

We encourage you to call the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass to discuss your case in a free and fully confidential case consultation session. Call (214) 604-8833.

Common Concerns and Questions on DEA Registration and Controlled Substances Registration Defense

As a healthcare professional, we understand how you have invested into your career. Whether you are a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, pharmacy or pharmacist, our goal is to protect all that you have worked so hard to achieve. It’s understandably stressful and frightening to find yourself accused of wrong-doing. But our legal team has compiled information on a few of the most common inquiries that we address with our clients.

Who Investigates an Alleged Controlled Substances-Related Violation?

The federal controlled substances laws are designed to work in tandem with state controlled substance laws. Toward this same goal, the DEA works in close cooperation with state professional licensing boards and state and local law enforcement officials to ensure pharmaceutical controlled substances are prescribed, administered, and dispensed for legitimate medical purposes in a manner that’s consistent with federal and state laws.

Within this cooperative framework, the majority of investigations into possible violations of the controlled substances laws are carried out by state authorities. However, the DEA also conducts investigations into possible violations of federal law, as circumstances warrant.

The matter is also typically addressed by the medical professional’s licensing board, so this is a matter that is frequently addressed at administrative hearings via the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH).

Ideally, your medical defense lawyer can work to clear you of wrong-doing during informal proceedings; if this is not possible, your attorney can maximize your chances of clearing your name at SOAH proceedings. This can help practitioners to avoid escalation of the case, which may result in the loss of your controlled substances registration.

What Happens if My Licensing Board Revokes My Medical License?

Controlled Substances RegistrationIn the event a state board revokes the license of a practitioner, the DEA will take action and request a voluntary surrender of the practitioner’s DEA registration. If the practitioner refuses to voluntarily surrender the registration, the DEA will pursue administrative action to revoke the individual’s controlled substances registration.

The DEA may also pursue judicial action if there is sufficient evidence of illegal distribution or significant record-keeping violations. These measures are intended to deny the practitioner of the means and ability divert or abuse controlled substances, while simultaneously protecting the health and safety of the public and the practitioner.

Could I Face Criminal Charges?

In some cases, the medical practitioner could face criminal charges if the matter is deemed to meet the criteria for criminal prosecution.

This is another reason why it is important to consult an experienced defense lawyer who is experienced in handling controlled substances law violations. Your career and your freedom could be at stake, so it’s vital that you trust your case to a professional. An attorney can offer legal advice in addition to helping you craft a strategy that will increase your chances of seeing a positive outcome to the case.

Our Medical Defense Lawyers for Help With Controlled Substances DEA Registration Cases

For many medical and healthcare professionals, their ability to prescribe, handle or dispense medications – including controlled substances – is essential. The right type of allegations — even if they are unfounded — can threaten your DEA registration and clearance, along with your ability to practice in the healthcare field.

If your medical license and DEA registration is threatened, you need to trust your case to an experienced team of professionals who have experience defending professionals in mediation sessions, informal hearings and administrative hearings, including State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH). In cases where the allegations are serious, you may also require legal defense in the criminal courts.

Controlled Substances RegistrationAt the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, we understand how hard medical professionals work to establish themselves in their chosen career field. It is our goal to defend all that you have worked to achieve by providing defense services and other legal help to healthcare professionals throughout the entire United States.

The Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass were established by Dallas native and Health Law Section of the Texas State Bar member Attorney Jeffrey C. Grass. Attorney Grass is a well-respected attorney with over 20 years in practice. He is also a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG) and he proudly maintains an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.

Trust your defense to the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass and discover for yourself why we are widely regarded as some of the top medical licensing defense attorneys in the United States.

We invite you to contact our law offices to arrange a confidential, no-cost case consultation by calling (214) 604-8833.

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Deborah

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M. Hyder

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Miranda R.

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Testimonials

As my attorney Jeff Grass literally turned the light back on in my career! I can still scarcely believe how Jeff Grass were able to cancel the NPDB report and change my reference at the job of my incident into a favorable comment. I would highly recommend Jeff Grass to any of my colleagues out there that have also experienced serious ramifications to their career as the result of a publicized report written and reported through an employer, co-worker, peer and so on. I have been looking for an attorney for years that handles these matters. Jeff Grass was and is the first and only attorney I found specializing in this field. During those years I was not too hopeful as the NPDB ?rules? of reporting and removing reports is ?grim.? They would have you believe it will never come off.

- Deborah

Plano, TX