§ 5-31.1-35. Penalty for violations generally Evidence of unauthorized practice.
Any person who practices or attempts to practice dentistry in this state, without being licensed by and registered with the board, or without registering and obtaining annually a certificate of registration, as provided in this chapter, or who violates any of the provisions of this chapter, penalty for the violation of which is not provided by law, and any person, firm, or corporation owning or carrying on a dental business and in that business employing or permitting any person to practice dentistry in this state, without being licensed and obtaining an annual certificate as stated in this section, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be fined not less than two thousand dollars ($2,000) nor more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or imprisoned for not more than two (2) years, either or both, in the discretion of the court. In no case where any provision of this chapter has been violated is the person violating the provision entitled to receive compensation for service rendered. The opening or maintaining of a dentist's office, displaying of a dentist's sign or door plate, or the advertising in the public prints or by cards, circulars, posters, of a readiness to practice dentistry in this state by that person, firm, or corporation is evidence of the violation.
(P.L. 1987, ch. 358, § 2.)