We've discussed on numerous occasions the fact that professionals accused of crimes can also face career-ending consequences outside the criminal justice system. Medical professionals and financial professionals may be particularly vulnerable to disciplinary action in their chosen fields.When an individual faces criminal charges in addition to allegations of professional misconduct, a comprehensive legal strategy is needed to protect the defendant's rights during criminal court proceedings and administrative hearings. At Neuberger & Partners LLP, we understand the concerns of professionals facing criminal charges, and we fight on behalf of clients to protect their rights and freedom, as well as their careers.With allegations of financial mismanagement, consumer fraud, professional misconduct and other forms of liability, civil matters can quickly spiral into criminal ones. Early intervention by a skilled criminal defence lawyer is often the key to mitigating the negative consequences of allegations and even preventing criminal charges from being filed.The medical, financial and real estate industries are prime examples of highly regulated fields in which innocent mistakes may unfortunately be prosecuted as intentional violations. The reality is that well educated, well meaning professionals with established careers find themselves facing allegations of misconduct, and sometimes the accusations catch the attention of criminal prosecutors. When that happens, it is crucial that the accused individual has skilled legal counsel as soon as possible.It is also worth mentioning that no one must wait for a criminal charge to be laid before seeking help from a defence lawyer with experience in these kinds of cases.