Dealing With the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR)
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has the authority to regulate a wide array of professions – all of which require professional licenses. They include:
The TDLR will investigate any allegations of misconduct brought against professionals licensed under its jurisdiction. If an allegation is found credible, the disciplinary process can have a negative and long-lasting impact on a professional’s career. That’s why you should consult with an experienced license defense attorney at Bertolino LLP. We can help guide you through the process.
How the TDLR disciplinary process works
Texas laws and regulations for each individual profession give TDLR the authority to investigational jurisdiction and subsequent disciplinary actions. When a complaint is submitted against a professional license, TDLR will first confirm its jurisdictional authority over the alleged violation. When this happens, you will be notified that a formal investigation has been opened and referred to the appropriate Advisory Board. For example, a complaint submitted against a professional cosmetology license will be referred to the Advisory Board on Cosmetology.
Once the formal investigation is complete, the Advisory Board may determine the validity of a complaint. If the complaint is found invalid, the case will be dismissed. However, if the complaint is found valid, the Advisory Board may proceed to an informal hearing, where an agreement will or will not be reached.
If an agreement can’t be reached, you will be required to attend a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH). A proposed decision will be reached depending on the evidence provided at the hearing. TDLR will consider, modify or reject the ALJ proposed decision in order to determine a final disciplinary action. Once the TDLR has made a final decision, you’ll have one last opportunity to appeal it through the Travis County district court system.
We will fight to defend your professional license
If your professional license is in jeopardy because of a complaint made with TDLR, the course of action you take can greatly determine the outcome. You need an attorney who understands the process and will work with you every step of the way. Contact us today. Your career and livelihood could be on the line.