Complaints lodged against you with your licensing board are serious. Even if you believe the complaint is meritless, or there are extenuating circumstances, it can tarnish your professional reputation. Whatever the reason is behind a complaint, it’s a critical moment in your professional life and you need to take immediate action. As soon as you are informed of a complaint pending against you, we urge you to contact an experienced professional license defense lawyer. The truth is, any complaint can lead to dire consequences that affects your legal ability to perform your job. Have you been notified of allegations of professional misconduct filed against you? Is your licensing board threatening to revoke, suspend, or place your license on probation based on a complaint?
Due Process of Law
Licensing boards and state agencies have a duty to give you due process of law, guaranteeing you the opportunity to defend your professional license. However, there are instances when a license can be suspended prior to due process. For example, the Texas Medical Board (TMB) may issue a Temporary Suspension Order to stop a physician from practicing medicine immediately.
To issue a Temporary Suspension Order the Board must determine that the physician’s practice is a continuing threat to patients or to the public. TMB temporary suspension hearings may be held without notice to the physician, but must be followed afterward by another hearing giving proper notice to the physician.
In any case, to permanently revoke a medical license the TMB must either file the case with the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) or get the licensee to sign an Agreed Order surrendering the license.
Consequences of License Revocation, Suspension, or Probation
If your license is suspended or revoked, it means that you will not legally be able to perform your job. Your livelihood will be gone. If your license is put on probation, it means you will have restrictions on your license, possibly heightened oversight, and with any misstep you are likely to have your license suspended or revoked.
A license suspension or probation period lasts for a defined amount of time. A license revocation may be indefinite.
Revocations, suspensions, and probation periods typically become public record. Future employers, prospective clients/patients, and insurance companies will have access to information regarding the disciplinary action taken against you. This could impact you for the remainder of your career.
Defending Against an Attack on Your License
We provide aggressive advocacy for our clients who are facing disciplinary action from a licensing board, agency, or commission in Texas. We handle matters related to licenses, grievance complaints, ethics complaints, and other important professional licensing issues. Our firm has an impeccable reputation throughout the Lone Star State. Founder and Managing Partner, Tony R. Bertolino holds a 10 Superb top attorney Avvo Rating.
“I was recently asked an interesting question by a prospective client: What distinguishes your law firm from other law firms? And I got to thinking about it and it seems to me there are three things, three distinguishing qualities that I’ve recognized since I’ve begun my own practice. First is the compassion. Secondly is the attentiveness. And thirdly is the aggressiveness.”
– Tony R. Bertolino, Founding Attorney
The attorney at BERTOLINO LLP know how to carefully research every potential case. We know where to look for evidence and how to use that information to build a successful legal strategy. We know federal and state law and we understand how each Texas state licensing board operates. Our firm is prepared to represent you at every stage of the complaint process.
We offer the following free resources:
- The Do’s and Don’ts of Appearing Before the Texas Medical Board (TMB)
- The Do’s and Don’ts of Appearing Before the Texas Board of Nursing (BON)
- The Do’s and Don’ts of Appearing Before the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC)
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The professional license defense lawyers at BERTOLINO LLP have consistently won significant cases for doctors, nurses, lawyers, architects, pharmacists and other professionals dealing with issues that could jeopardize their ability to work. We know how to build a persuasive case to protect your license – and your livelihood. Our results speak for themselves.
If your professional license is at risk of suspension or revocation, BERTOLINO LLP can help. We represent licensed professionals across the entire State of Texas. Our honest, experienced attorneys will fight aggressively on behalf of your license and reputation.
Contact us today or call (512) 476-5757 and schedule a case evaluation.