Wednesday, January 20, 2016



If you are you a medical professional facing a criminal prosecution, what should you do?  Do you know that a prosecution for any crime can have a negative impact on your professional license?  This could affect your license status even if the alleged crime did not occur during work hours and had nothing to do with your employment. 

I suggest to you that the most important action you can take for your future is to hire “the right lawyer.”   This is Attorney Joseph Paletta, and I am not only an experienced criminal defense lawyer, but I also represent doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals in prosecutions by the Pennsylvania State licensing boards.  Not only that, but being a licensed professional myself, I understand the danger of losing a professional license and therefore the ability to work in my chosen profession.

Why did I quote “the right lawyer”?   A lawyer who just practices criminal defense law does not know all of the implications of a criminal prosecution on a medical or nursing license.  Even a good result in a criminal prosecution can cause a professional license suspension, sometimes for 5 and even 10 years.  Therefore, hiring the right lawyer is not only the right thing to do, it’s also an investment in your future. 

Contact me and allow my experience and knowledge to be the solution to your legal and license problems.

                                                Joseph Alexander Paletta, Esq.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

D.U.I. and your Pennsylvania Medical/Nursing License

D.U.I. and your Pennsylvania Medical/Nursing License

This blog is intended to inform doctors and nurses of the general implications of an arrest for the crime of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Controlled Substances (DUI) on a Medical or NursingLicense.  This is Attorney Joseph Paletta and the focus of my law practice is DUI defense and Medical and Nursing License defense, and you must know that the former always affects the latter to some degree.  You see, regardless of the outcome, the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine and Nursing requires you to notify the applicable Board of the DUI arrest.

Regarding the outcome of a DUI, if you have no criminal record, you will likely qualify for the pre-trial diversion program known as Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD).  This program will permit the DUI charge to be resolved with no conviction, and your criminal record  expunged.  However, even if your prosecution is resolved by ARD, the Board of Nursing (BON) requires at least an alcohol evaluation by an approved evaluator such as the Gateway Rehabilitation Program.  If the result of that evaluation indicates an “impairment,” the BON may impose additional requirements on you to preserve your license.

If you do have a criminal record, you will likely not qualify for ARD, and the case will be resolved by a trial or plea.  Generally, a conviction of a Misdemeanor results in a five (5) year suspension of a Nursing License.  A conviction of a Felony like diversion (technically “acquisition or obtaining of possession of a controlled substance by … deception or subterfuge” 35 P.S. Section 780-113(a)(12)) will cause the suspension of a Nursing License for ten (10) years.

For more specific information about your situation, I strongly suggest that you contact my office for a consultation, and certainly before speaking to anyone from the BON or law enforcement.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Family recovery specialists on drug diversion

It always interests me to read these articles so just thought I would share!

If you're looking to understand or learn more about drug diversion in the medical field take a look at this article posted on explaining drug diversion....

Paralegal to Attorney Paletta

Newsleader special report...

Earlier in the month a special report (which I've listed the link to below) was done by discussing Virginia's laws for healthcare facilities reporting alleged theft or where there may be accusations of diversion.  Every state differs when it comes to law but this is a good read...

Attorney Paletta's Paralegal


Saturday, November 15, 2014

My Nursing License was Suspended! What do I do now? How do I make a living? Where do I start? - Nursing Law & Order

Hi everyone & thank you for visiting our blog!

My name is Aimee, Attorney Paletta's Paralegal.  I just happened to come across this site while doing a little research/web surfing.

Attorney Paletta represents Nurses, Doctors & other Medical Professionals who are experiencing difficulties with their license, employment, communication with the state, being investigated for alleged diversion, negligent charting & much more.

First and foremost - before discussing your case with anyone consulting with an experienced attorney who specializes in this area is extremely important!!

However this site I came across may be a useful tool to read about others who are experiencing situations similar to yours or just a way to help cope with what you may be going through...

Feel free to contact me personally if you have any questions or think you may be in need of representation.  Remember, always consult with an Attorney before giving statements, being interviewed, or discussing your case with others!!

My Nursing License was Suspended! What do I do now? How do I make a living? Where do I start? - Nursing Law & Order:

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State Board of Nursing - Mission Statement

State Board of Nursing - Mission Statement:

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According to The PA Dept. of state website, the Oct. 30th renewal deadline for RNs & other medical professionals has been extended to Nov. 30th  due to issues with the online renewal system.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Com. v. M.J., R.N.

Com v. M.J., R.N.

Attorney Paletta represented a Nurse suspected of diverting drugs from the hospital where she was employed.  

Please click on the following link to read Attorney Paletta’s recent case results for this case.

Com. v. K.H

Please click on the following link to read Attorney Paletta’s recent case results for a case involving Client - a Medical Student almost finished with his Residency, who receivied numerous Criminal Charges.