As a licensed professional, you worked hard to earn your knowledge, skills, and credentials that allowed you to seek licensure in your profession. Your license is necessary for your career and livelihood. You understand you must protect it, and you also know that no matter how diligent you are, it is possible for a complaint to be filed against you with your licensing board.
How Do I Know If a Complaint Is Filed Against My Professional License?
You may be wondering how you will know if a complaint is filed against your professional license. This is an important question. Each licensing board or regulatory agency in Texas has its own enforcement procedures. Each licensing board has its own procedures on investigations and resolving complaints. Therefore, the answer to this question depends on your specific licensing board.
That said, in general licensing boards/agencies do not immediately notify a licensee when it receives a complaint.
When a complaint is received, typically the board/agency has a certain amount of time to conduct a preliminary investigation. During this time the board/agency will review the complaint to determine if it has jurisdiction, if it involves an individual it licenses, and if the allegation, if proven, would constitute a violation of Texas law or board rule. During this initial phase the licensee will not know that a complaint has been lodged against their professional license.
Only after the board/agency completes its initial review of the complaint will it notify the licensee. Typically at the point the licensee is notified, the board/agency has decided to open a formal investigation into the complaint allegations.
Responding to Complaint Allegations
When the board/agency notifies you of a complaint, it also asks for your responses to the allegations. This is your first opportunity to defend yourself. Do no squander this opportunity. Taking the complaint seriously from the start, which includes crafting a strong initial response to the investigation, affects whether the case is dismissed, your ability to negotiate an informal settlement, and the ultimate outcome of the case against you. As soon as you receive a complaint notice, we urge you to consult with a professional license defense attorney who has experience with cases before your licensing board.
Defending Your Texas Professional, Medical, or Vocational License
BERTOLINO LLP has been defending Texas licensed professionals for years, and we use a creative, results-driven approach to help you get the best possible outcome in your case. Our results speak for themselves.
If you are facing allegations of professional misconduct or disciplinary action from Texas licensing Board or regulatory agency, contact us today or call (512) 717-5432 and schedule a case evaluation.
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