If a complaint has been filed against you and your licensing board is now investigating you, you probably have many questions. Contact a Texas professional license defense attorney as soon as you are notified that a complaint has been lodged against you.
An experienced license defense attorney can evaluate the case against you, help you understand what is going to happen and your options, and can defend you against accusations.
Our attorneys at BERTOLINO LLP help professionals, like you, keep their licenses when those licenses are under attack. While every case is unique, many of our clients express the same concerns and ask similar questions. The following are four questions we often answer for our clients.
- What is going to happen now that my licensing board has notified me of a complaint?
After your licensing board notifies you of a pending complaint, things will begin to happen very quickly. As soon as you are notified of a pending complaint, we urge you to consult with an experienced professional license defense attorney.
What happens after the board notifies you depends largely on the enforcement process specific to your board. Generally, by the time a licensing board notifies a licensee of a pending complaint it has already conducted a preliminary investigation to determine if there is sufficient evidence to show that a violation of state law, ethics, or Board regulations may have occurred. After you are notified of the complaint you have the opportunity to provide the board with your initial responses to the allegations, along with relevant evidence in support of your responses.
- How should I respond to the allegations made against me?
Honestly, thoroughly, and with the help of a license defense attorney.
Your initial responses to the allegations made against you are critical to the ultimate outcome of your case. Well-crafted and thorough responses to the allegations can help put an end to an investigation before it progresses any further. In fact, our firm routinely puts an end to board investigations with thorough and powerful initial responses to the complaint allegations. We welcome you to read about the results we get for our clients here.
- What if my licensing board finds I did something wrong?
In the event that your licensing board determines that you violated a board rule or regulation, or committed some other malfeasance, it can take disciplinary action against you.
The disciplinary action the board can and will take depends largely on the specific board and what the board determined you did wrong. Disciplinary action can include a warning, public reprimand, penalties and fines, mandate for additional continuing education or other license requirements, or can be more severe and include license probation, suspension, or revocation.
Mounting a strong defense from the start and having an experienced professional license defense attorney advocate for you may help you avoid or mitigate disciplinary action by the board.
- I want an advocate to help me, but will hiring an attorney make me look guilty?
Hiring an attorney will not make you look guilty or make the board think that you are guilty. In fact, hiring a professional license defense attorney proves to the board that you are taking the allegations seriously and are ready to fight to protect your career. Hiring an attorney well-versed in license defense cases can help you protect your license, reputation, and monetary interests. This makes you look wise, not guilty.
Hire the Experienced Processional 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. We are experienced license defense attorneys and we know how to navigate the complaint process against any professional, medical, or vocational license.
The attorneys 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 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) 887-7305 and schedule a case evaluation.