Experienced Attorneys Defending Licensed Vocational Trade Workers
Our legal team understands that a threat to your professional license jeopardizes your reputation and future by putting your livelihood and career at stake. Our lawyers are skilled at navigating complaint and disciplinary processes at various licensing groups, including the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR).
We know the laws, procedures, and regulations governing licensing and complaint proceedings. This means we can defend against false allegations, argue for a complaint dismissal, and negotiate with regulatory bodies for reduced penalties.
Types of Licensed Professionals We Represent
Our professional license defense attorneys handle a wide range of cases covering a variety of disciplines, including:
- Fire protection
- Law enforcement
- Tow truck operator
- Mold remediation
- Professional surveyor
- Real estate agent
If your field is not listed here, we would still like to hear from you to see if we can help. Our law firm defends licensed professionals like you throughout Texas. Our lawyers understand the complexities of the legal system and can provide expert advice on regulations relating to your professional area.
Common Complaints Against Trade or Vocational License
A trade or vocational license proves that a person meets the required standards to practice legally in their specific industry. However, a license can be suspended if the holder’s professional activity comes under scrutiny.
For instance, your license might be in danger if you were accused of:
- Using a fraudulent degree or diploma: Professional regulatory bodies take such claims seriously and conduct in-depth investigations to determine the validity of your credentials.
- Embezzlement: Fraudulently appropriating funds for personal use is one of the most common forms of white-collar crime.
- Negligence: If you are accused of engaging in conduct that does not meet your industry’s standard of care, you can lose your license.
- Professional misconduct: Engaging in unethical professional behavior with clients or colleagues can endanger your career. Allegations of misconduct at the workplace include harassment, bullying, and aggression.
If someone files a complaint against you, the professional licensing board that issued your credentials will launch an investigation to establish the validity of these claims. Based on their findings, they will decide if you should face license suspension or other disciplinary action. In extreme cases, you may also face a criminal conviction.
Professional license defense attorneys can help fight the charges you face and negotiate a better outcome for your case. Having legal representation also ensures your rights are protected throughout the proceedings.
Protect Your License and Career
When you receive notice of a complaint and recognize a threat to your career, act quickly to receive the best chance of having it dismissed. All licensing agencies vigorously investigate complaints, and you must be prepared to defend yourself. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as calling the complainant to explain the situation, or apologetically admitting to a mistake. Like a criminal arrest, anything you say to the licensing regulatory agency can be used against you during the investigation.
Professional license defense lawyers can draft a response and argue on your behalf. We will handle all communications, prepare you for your hearing, and build your defense at the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH).
Fight Criminal Charges
Facing criminal charges can be a frightening experience that can easily overwhelm anyone. However, when these charges are coupled with possible sanctions against your license, it can endanger the foundation of your livelihood. Your license may be in danger even if the criminal charges are unrelated to your profession. For example, if a DUI charge from a non-work-related incident leads to a criminal conviction, it can jeopardize your career.
If you are facing criminal charges, seek legal representation immediately. We have extensive experience in fighting charges and building a strong defense. Our professional license defense lawyers will fight to protect your rights and your future.
Appeal a Denied License Application
Obtaining a license can be a lengthy process, depending on several factors, including the licensing jurisdiction. The agency’s processing time also depends on the application’s complexity and the level of review required.
A rejected application will further delay the lengthy process and lead to potential revenue loss. The most common reasons for the denial of a license include the following:
- Invalid signature
- Submitting out-dated forms
- Incomplete submission
- Missing or unclear instructions
Should your license application or renewal be denied, you may appeal the decision within 30 calendar days of receiving the notice of the proposed action.
Our professional license defense lawyers will work with the licensing agency staff to resolve any concerns, or alternatively, zealously defend your rights.
Trade and Vocational License Defense Attorneys You Can Trust
Bertolino LLP provides a solid experience for license holders seeking exceptional legal services. When you retain our services, you will work with a dedicated trade and vocational license defense attorney with extensive knowledge.
We assist with licensing board investigations in cities across Texas, including Dallas, Ft. Worth, El Paso, Waco, Amarillo, Arlington, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Plano, and Lubbock.
Don’t waste time deciding what to do next when your career is in jeopardy. Contact us for a free consultation and begin defending your license today.