you for records is an administrative subpoena. It cannot be enforced by the investigators or any law enforcement agents they have with them. In order to have the force of law, it must be signed by a judge. Without a search warrant, the investigators cannot search your office unless you give them permission. The third step is to have your office staff leave the office. One of the training steps that you may undertake is to tell your office staff that they have the right to have an attorney with them if questioned by any quasi-officials. Provide your staff with your attorney’s contact information and ensure them that the office will cover the expense. Train your office staff, as most offices do, not to discuss the patient’s treatment and records with any person outside the office. If the board investigators attempt to detain your office staff, they should ask if they are being detained or jailed. In either event, the only proper response is for your staff to say “I want to talk to a lawyer”.If you do not have a personal lawyer experienced in medical board defense, feel free to call our office. We can perform an inspection of your office and its procedures. We can help to greatly reduce the chances of an investigation, and in the event of an investigation, you and your staff will be well prepared for an appropriate defense. In this time of stress, you need clear heads guiding you to give the correct honest response. You would not perform a tonsillectomy on yourself, why should you attempt to be your own lawyer. In either event, the results would be a bloody mess. Remember, the Texas Medical Board investigators are in your office to harm your license, not help you.