Doctor faces drug charges in California

One doctor in California was recently accused of engaging in criminal activity related to drugs. She has since been terminated, and her medical license has been suspended. The woman facing drug charges is presumed innocent unless the government can prove she is guilty in criminal court.

Police said the woman was recently arrested and arraigned for possessing drugs for sale, which included controlled medications, such as morphine. She was also charged with drug possession. She pleaded guilty to these drug charges. However, this was not her first time being arrested.

Police said the woman was also arrested in late 2014 after she secured painkillers, along with other restricted prescription drugs, through drafting prescriptions for a patient who did not exist. The reported misconduct was revealed following an arrest for driving under the influence during which authorities discovered several drugs, such as Xanax and Norco, along with nitrous oxide cartridges.. Police said they also found a whiskey bottle in the woman's car that had been partially consumed.

Police reported that the woman, at that time, did not pass a sobriety test, as her test showed she was over two times the legal limit for driving while impaired. The woman ended up pleading no contest to operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The woman who was arrested was given the position of medical director at a medical campus in July 2015, and, prior to that, she worked as a doctor.

When a person faces drug charges in California, he or she has the right to contest the charges at trial. The accused may instead decide to strike a plea deal with the prosecutor, as doing so may result in a lighter sentence for the accused compared to the sentence he or she might receive if found guilty at trial. Defense counsel will represent the interests of the client, while considering the circumstances surrounding the case.

Source: marinij.com, "Marin clinic doctor fired in fallout from drug arrest", Gary Klien, Jan. 6, 2016

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