As a licensed professional you spent significant time getting the education, training, and experience necessary to do your job. In Texas we require our doctors, nurses, pharmacists, chiropractors, cosmetologists, dentists, behavior analysis, dietitians, speech-language pathologists, veterinarians, social workers, and many other professionals to be licensed by the state licensing board or agency tasked with regulating the respective profession or industry.
A single complaint filed against your professional license can ruin your career.
Facing Allegations of Misconduct Against Your Professional License
While each licensing board or state agency has its own rules and regulations, generally complaints can be filed by any individual or by the board itself. Complaints against licensees range in severity and typically allege instances of professional misconduct, including violations of board rules, statutes, or other malfeasance.
Texas licensing boards and regulatory agencies must administrate complaints made against those they license. Each board has its own enforcement process and will handle complaints in accordance with that process. Generally, boards will first review a complaint to ensure it contains the necessary information and that the board has jurisdiction over the complaint (meaning the legal right to adjudicate the complaint). Next the board will launch an investigation and notify the licensee of the pending allegations.
As the board moves through its specific enforcement process to case resolution, due process will be afforded to the licensee. At all stages of the complaint, investigation, and resolution process the licensee has the right to defend him or herself. The licensee always has the right to an attorney.
Texas licensing boards and regulatory agencies are authorized by statute to take disciplinary action against individuals they license. Disciplinary action can include administrative penalties, license suspension, or revocation. Depending on the board, disciplinary actions may also include mandates for additional continuing education courses, enrollment in certain programs, license probation, placement of certain restrictions on a license, or other license sanctions.
You do not have to face your licensing board alone. You can and should have an advocate by your side, zealous representation― an attorney experienced in professional license defense.
Defending Against Allegations of Misconduct Against Your Professional License
Our Firm believes that immediately consulting an experienced professional license defense attorney to review complaints alleging violations of board rules or other professional misconduct helps ensure the most favorable outcome in your case.
If you have received a licensing complaint, BERTOLINO LLP can help. Our honest, experienced attorneys will fight aggressively on behalf of your license and reputation. We know how to build a strong case to protect your license - and your livelihood. Our results speak for themselves.
If you are facing allegations of professional misconduct or disciplinary action from a Texas licensing board, contact us today or call (512) 887-7305 and schedule a case evaluation.
BERTOLINO LLP proudly represents licensed professionals across the entire State of Texas. To best serve our clients we have offices in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio.