Like many professions, dentistry is tightly regulated by the state of New Jersey in order to maintain standards for public safety. A dentist can only practice here when they are licensed by the State Board of Dentistry. When a person practices dentistry without a license from the board in NJ, or their license has been limited by the board and their practice exceeds the scope of the limited license, they can be charged with a crime under the Unlawful Practice of Dentistry statute, N.J.S.A. 2C:21-30.
If you are convicted of a crime of the third degree, you can face three to five years in prison, a $15,000 fine, and additional civil and administrative penalties from the Board of Dentistry and dental patients who may take legal action against you. It’s perilous, to say the least, to be charged under N.J.S.A. 2C:21-30, and you should seek experienced legal help right away.
Matthew Reisig defends licensed professionals against allegations of misconduct in New Jersey. Call 732-625-9661 today for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey criminal defense lawyer.