Arizona Physician Misdemeanor

Arizona Physician MisdemeanorArizona law holds that any licensed or certified health care professional (this includes physicians) who has been charged with an Arizona Physician Misdemeanor involving conduct that may affect patient safety must notify the Arizona Medical Board (“Board”) in writing within 10 working days after the charge is filed. Being charged with a crime means that a police officer has issued an arrest or citation and has sent copies of their report to the prosecutor’s office for review.

Arizona Physician Must Report a Misdemeanor Within 10 Business Days

Failure to report the criminal charge within 10 working days can result in discipline and the Board may impose a fine of not more than $1000, in addition to disciplinary action.

  • Do not rely on your criminal defense attorney to advise you in matters regarding the Arizona Medical Board.
  • Facilitate communication between your criminal defense attorney and your licensing board attorney.
  • Do not contact any representative from the Board in regards to your criminal matter.
  • Do not discuss your criminal matter with supervisors, administrators or colleagues.
  • Document everything in detail. Your memory regarding the incident will degrade over time, so it is important to document names, dates, places, etc.
  • Do not withhold past crimes or fail to list new convictions on your re-application.

There are a large number of crimes that must be reported to the Board if a licensee has been charged. However, most licensed behavioral health professionals tend to conceal the charge rather than self-report. Unfortunately, if the Board does find out, not only will the professional face discipline if ultimately convicted of the charge, but they will also receive discipline for concealing the charge as well. Remember, a charge is not a conviction and it is better to reveal the charge at the beginning rather than face a sanction from the Board for failure to disclose. Many professionals are given bad advice from their criminal defense attorney and are told they only have to report a conviction. This is not true.

List of Misdemeanors that Must be Reported to the Arizona Medical Board

The following types of Arizona Physician Misdemeanor criminal offenses and or charges involving conduct listed below are offenses that have been determined by the Board to be reportable pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-3208 to the Medical Board within 10 working days after the charge is filed:

  • Assault and Related Offenses: Including but not limited to domestic violence, touch with the intent to injure, intentional touching, striking or contact with another person that is harmful or offensive whether or not injury occurs, battery, abuse, threat of violence or harm to somebody else, threatening and harassment, violation of an order of protection, attempt to do violence or harm, disorderly conduct, criminal damage, illegal possession or sale of weapon, other weapon laws violations …
  • Theft and Related Offenses: Including but not limited to larceny, stealing, taking or the attempted taking of someone else’s property without permission, receiving stolen property, identity theft, shoplifting, burglary, embezzlement, looting, robbery, trespassing, intrusion, fraud (theft by deception), criminal conversion, criminal bad check, embezzlement, unlawful entry, trespassing …
  • Fraud, Deceit and Related Offenses: Including but not limited to identity theft, mail fraud, credit card fraud, insurance fraud, welfare fraud, fraudulent schemes, misrepresentation …

More Advanced Misdemeanor Charges for Physicians in Arizona

  • Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation of a Child or Vulnerable Adult and Related Offenses: Including but not limited to child abuse, elder abuse, abandonment, physical abuse, emotional abuse, extortion, endangerment, mistreatment …
  • Sexual and Related Offenses: Including but not limited to rape, sexual abuse, molestation, unwanted touch, sexual harassment, pornography, prostitution, solicitation, fondling, sex with a minor, incest, statutory rape, abduction, assault with intent to commit rape, indecent assault, contributing to the delinquency of a child involving sexual misconduct, sodomy, indecent exposure, indecent liberties with children, carnal knowledge of children, soliciting or enticing or otherwise communicating with a child for immoral purposes, vagrancy involving immoral or sexual misconduct …
  • Drug and/or Alcohol Related Offenses: Including but not limited to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs prescription fraud, theft of drugs, sale of drugs, use of drugs, distribution of drugs, manufacturing, growing, possession of drugs, paraphernalia, public intoxication, liquor law violations, …
  • Arson and Related Offenses: Including the deliberate setting of a fire(s)
  • Animal Abuse, Cruelty and Related Offenses: Including but not limited to causing unjustified injury or death to an animal


If you have questions about an Arizona Physician Misdemeanor contact Chelle Law.