If a complaint has been filed against you with a professional licensing board, your livelihood, career, and reputation are on the line. This is likely an emotional and stressful time for you. Understandably, you may want to talk with colleagues about the complaint that has been lodged against you. Perhaps you want to ask for their opinion or seek support. However, as a general rule you should not discuss the matter with anyone other than your attorney.
Your Colleagues May Be Called as Witnesses Against You
The licensing board may call your colleagues, bosses, peers, or staff to be witnesses in the case against you. Also, during the investigation process the licensing board may speak with any of these people regarding the complaint against you. These people may repeat anything you say during a conversation with them. Moreover, if they are also licensed professionals, they may have a duty to report certain information (such as evidence a violation occurred) to their licensing board.
We strongly encourage you not to speak to any of your colleagues or others with whom you work about a board complaint against you. Even if you feel you can trust a person, you do not want to do anything that will harm your ability to defend you license. Moreover, you do not want to put your colleagues in an ethical quandary or in the position of having to be an adverse witness against you.
The things you share with your attorney are privileged and confidential. Your license defense attorney has a duty to keep all of your communications confidential. There are very few limitations on attorney-client privilege. This is why discussing your board complaint with only your attorney is the best course of action.
Any discussions you have about the complaint with a third party have the potential to damage your defense. These conversations are not protected from disclosure, and in fact the person you speak to may have a duty to disclose what was discussed about the matter. Even if you believe the complaint against you is meritless, if you say the wrong thing to a colleague or they misinterpret what you say, the consequences can be disastrous.
Hire the Experienced License Defense Attorneys of BERTOLINO LLP
If you have been notified of a complaint filed against you with a licensing board, agency, or commission in Texas, BERTOLINO LLP can help. Our firm believes that immediately consulting an experienced license defense attorney to review allegations of misconduct helps ensure the most favorable outcome in your case.
We know how to navigate the complaint process against any professional, medical, or vocational license. 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) 717-5432 and schedule a case evaluation.