Texas licensing boards exists to set standards that licensees must meet to be eligible for licensure and for license renewal. Boards adopt substantive and procedural rules that licensees must adhere to. They also serve the function of investigating complaints made against licensees. They have the power to take disciplinary action when they deem it proper. The function of Texas licensing boards is to protect the public.
For example, the mission of the Texas Medical Board is “to protect and enhance the public’s health, safety and welfare by establishing and maintaining standards of excellence used in regulating the practice of medicine and ensuring quality health care for the citizens of Texas through licensure, discipline, and education.” As another example, the Texas Real Estate Commission’s mission is “to assist and protect consumers of real estate services, thereby fostering economic growth in Texas.”
If a complaint has been filed against you with a licensing board, understand that the board’s mission is to protect the public, not your interests.
When a complaint is filed against you, your livelihood and career are on the line. Your license may be at risk of suspension or revocation. Even if you feel the complaint is unfounded, it is critical that you take it seriously from the start. As soon as you are notified that a complaint has been filed against you, contact a license defense attorney immediately.
The Licensing Board Is Not on Your Side
Understand that the licensing board is not on your side. Do not mistakenly believe that you can talk your way out of a complaint. Any information you provide can be used as evidence against you. It is in your best interest to have an experienced license defense attorney represent you throughout the complaint process, and during any communication you have with the licensing board.
Responding to allegations made against you without the assistance of an attorney can be detrimental to your defense. Any responses, written or otherwise, you give to the board can be used against you. Information you provide can be misconstrued or taken out of context. Statements you make can be held against you as an admission of guilt.
The first responses you give to the board are critical. In some cases, well-crafted first responses have the power to get the allegations dismissed from the start. A professional license defense lawyer can help you craft a response to the allegations that fully conveys your side of the events without risking an admission of guilt.
Hire an Experienced Professional License Defense Attorney to Protect Your Interests
If you have been notified of a complaint filed against you with a Texas licensing board, BERTOLINO LLP can help. We are experienced professional license defense attorneys and we know how to navigate the complaint processes of Texas licensing boards. We are prepared to represent you at any legal hearing or proceeding regarding your professional license.
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Our firm believes that immediately consulting an experienced professional license defense attorney to review allegations of misconduct helps ensure the most favorable outcome in your case. Our results speak for themselves.
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Our law firm helps professionals, like you, keep their licenses when those licenses are under attack by a state agency or board.
BERTOLINO LLP represents licensed professionals across the entire State of Texas. To best serve our clients we have offices in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. 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.