I have had several clients who have run afoul of a statute, that upon examination was a “violation” not a misdemeanor. In such a case, you have not been convicted of a “crime”. A violation is akin to a parking ticket. Why is this important? When you are completing credentialing applications, insurance renewals, licensure renewals and applications, there will invariably be a question concerning any conviction of a felony or misdemeanor. If your only problem was being issued a violation, you have not been convicted of a crime! To differentiate, please consult a health law attorney. The lack of accuracy on an application or renewal may result in professional licensure discipline. You must be honest and you must be accurate. Do not take chances but do not needlessly disclose a violation as if it were a crime.

Larry Kobak, Esq.

Frier Levitt