What Does the Process of Defending Your Professional License Look Like After Being Accused of Criminal Charges?

State Licensing Board Investigations

Being accused of a criminal offense, even if untrue, can have a significant impact on your state-issued professional license. Once criminal charges are filed against you, a state licensing board can and likely will start an investigation that can affect your license, your reputation, and your future as a state-licensed professional. Whether you are facing a criminal prosecution pursuant to an alleged violation of a federal or state statute, it is critical that you have an experienced California professional license defense attorney on your side. 

Criminal charges against licensed professionals can include criminal prosecution, civil lawsuits, and professional license disciplinary proceedings. These processes can be lengthy and invasive for any licensed professional and can include depositions and other hearings. It is important that you have a comprehensive defense to protect your professional license with an attorney who knows how to help you successfully manage your way through a potentially life-altering period of time.

How An Attorney Can Help

An attorney can help a licensed professional facing a criminal charge in several ways. Firstly, an attorney can serve as a buffer between you and any state licensing agency and criminal prosecutor. This allows you to freely discuss your case and situation with someone who is squarely on your side. An attorney experienced in both state licensing issues and criminal charges also knows how these areas can intersect and affect you and your license. There are many factors that must be considered when a professional license is also at stake in a criminal case. 

Having a resolution that takes care of all criminal and state licensing issues is the most ideal scenario for most licensees. An attorney will also make sure that you don’t miss any deadlines regarding your case with the state licensing board, as each process has specific timelines that must be followed. If you fail to adhere to these timelines, then you can be defaulted and found responsible for any violations without the opportunity to properly defend yourself. The first thing a licensed professional should do when facing criminal charges is to speak to an attorney who is experienced in licensing issues and criminal law. If you have legal questions, then call us at The SJ Harris Law Office so we can help!

SJ Harris Law Free Consultation

The S.J. Harris Law Office is proud to offer FREE 30-minute consultations to all prospective clients. We realize that licensed professionals who are facing criminal charges in addition to discipline against their licenses require representation that values proper discretion and privacy. Anything discussed during a consultation will be protected by attorney-client privilege even if you don’t hire us to represent you further. At S.J. Harris Law, we put our focus into preserving three things; your license, your reputation, and your future. Let our experience go to work for you today. Call us at (310) 361-8585 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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When dealing with these complex issues, you need legal representation that has a long track record of success in these types of cases. Scott Harris and the rest of our team at S J Harris Law will be ready to help you pursue any option available that allows you to keep your license and continue working, no matter what industry you are in.


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