Agreed Board Orders
Professional licensing boards/agencies in Texas review each complaint they receive, determine whether they have jurisdiction, and examine any evidence that may support allegations that a licensed professional violated the board’s/agency’s rules or relevant law. Almost every board/agency will also give you the opportunity to provide a written response to the complaint.
Once this happens, the agency/board will determine whether the complaint, your written response, and the supporting evidence merit a formal investigation. In turn, if an investigation reveals evidence that you violated a board/agency rule or other law, the board/agency may offer to settle the dispute with an “agreed order.”
When facing disciplinary action by a licensing board/agency, your career and livelihood can be put on the chopping block. As such, it is important to know your rights during an investigation. Contact an experienced professional license defense attorney today and find out how we can help you.
What is an Agreed Order?
When you are notified of a complaint, you will have the opportunity to respond to the allegations against your medical license. In return, your licensing board may respond with an Agreed Order in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act. Such Agreed Order will impose some level of disciplinary action based on the egregiousness of the violation(s), including the following:
- License suspension or revocation
- Probated suspension or revocation
- Mandatory drug tests
- Mandatory continuing education courses
- Practice restrictions
- Administrative Penalties/Fines
Once an Agreed Order is executed, your licensing board present it to the proper Committee or the entire Board/Agency for consideration. Once approved, the Agreed Order becomes final and you are bound by its terms.
Should I Sign an Agreed Order?
It is crucial to understand the consequences of signing an Agreed Order. Doing so will remain on your professional license record and could have a profound impact on your career.
If you are a licensed professional under investigation by a licensing board, you should never sign an Agreed Order without first consulting with an experienced professional license defense attorney. Once an Agreed Order is signed, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to undo.
If you decide not to sign an agreed order, your case may be brought before the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH), where you will have the opportunity to present evidence and call witnesses before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).
An attorney at Bertolino LLP can examine the facts surrounding your case. Our firm represents licensed professionals across the entire State of Texas. If you are facing disciplinary action from a licensing board, contact us today to schedule a case evaluation, or simply call 512-717-5432.