Professional Licensing Defense
The consequences of a criminal charge can lead to very serious consequences, including disciplinary actions by a professional licensing board. Losing your license makes it impossible to practice your profession and earn a living. At Hickey & Chung LLP, we provide professional licensing defense. We are dedicated to taking every action to defend you and help you fight to avoid license revocation. Our legal team provides professional licensing defense for:
- Health care workers
- Medical professionals
- Financial professionals
- Real estate professionals
- Legal professionals
Criminal charges and licensure
If you are facing criminal charges, whether felony or misdemeanor, you are facing a situation that is stressful, challenging, and dangerous. The consequences can be far more extensive than the penalties imposed, as you may also lose your professional license. Our legal team at Hickey & Chung LLP provides criminal defense representation as well as professional licensing defense.
Medical disciplinary board actions and professional licensing
Medical professionals are held to a high standard. Your hard-earned medical license, along with your reputation, could be lost after a disciplinary action by the Medical Board of California. If an investigation reveals information that warrants disciplinary action to be taken, the case will be forwarded to the state Attorney General’s office, listing the charges, along with the section of the law that was violated. If you are facing disciplinary action, you have the right to request a hearing to dispute the charges. Our legal team can help you through this process by filing a Notice of Defense to the Attorney General and to the California Medical Board and represent you at the hearing.
The hearing is conducted in a manner similar to a court trial. The hearing will be presided over by an Administrative Law Judge, who will draft a proposed decision after hearing the facts. The skills with which your defense is presented could not be more critical to the outcome of the hearing. Once your hearing is completed, the Medical Board will review the Judge’s decision and has the option to adopt, modify, or reject the decision.
Legal license defense
Attorneys in the Bay Area can face a similar situation when accused of misconduct or illegal activities. The Board will issue a formal “Accusation,” which lists out the violations of law or regulations that govern legal professionals. After the Accusation against you has been filed, you have 15 days to file a Notice of Defense to seek to retain your law license. Our firm can act on your behalf.
California Business and Profession Code
Under the California Business and Professions Code, BP §475, a professional license can be denied for several reasons:
- Knowingly making a false statement of material fact, or knowingly omitting to state a material fact, in an application for a license.
- Conviction of a crime.
- Conviction of any act involving dishonesty, fraud, or deceit with the intent to substantially benefit himself, herself, or another, or to substantially injure another.
- Commission of any act which, if done by a licentiate of the business or profession in question, would be grounds for suspension or revocation of a license.
We defend your right to hold a professional license
Medical professionals may be facing license revocation for a wide range of violations, but some of the most common reason for license revocation include:
- Accusations of sexual misconduct
- Substance abuse
- Insurance fraud
- Patient abuse
- Illegal drug prescriptions
- Criminal convictions
- Gross negligence
The earlier our legal team gets involved in defending your case, the more we can do to help you. If you are under investigation, are facing disciplinary action, or are facing criminal charges, connect with our firm at once. We are very familiar with the process and the strategies that could help you avoid losing your ability to practice your profession.