License Restoration Lawyers
As a professional, you rely on having an active, current license in order to legally practice your chosen profession. If your license has been revoked or is in jeopardy, you need a lawyer experienced in the license restoration process. This process can vary, depending on your profession and the state or states in which you work.
Reasons You Could Lose Your License
Professionals lose their licenses for many reasons. In many professions, you are held to high standards both on and off the job. Following are a few of the personal and professional lapses—and even false accusations—that may put your license in jeopardy:
- Drug or alcohol issues
- Workplace harassment
- Sexual misconduct
- Misuse of funds
- Felony convictions
- Failing to self-report an arrest to the appropriate board or agency
Simply being accused of such lapses may be enough to have your license suspended. In these situations, it's important to obtain prompt legal representation to defend your professional reputation and regain your license. Unfortunately, criminal attorneys are not always well versed in professional licensing requirements. Even if your lawyer succeeds in having criminal charges against you dropped or reduced, you may still face the loss of your license.
How a Lawyer Can Help With License Restoration
Getting back your license to practice your profession is not a simple matter, regardless of whether it was correctly revoked in the first place. In most cases, you have the burden to show that the reason for losing your license was false or that you have corrected the problem. A lawyer experienced with the license restoration process in your state can help you present your case and represent you before the applicable board or licensing agency, such as:
- Grievance panels
- Tenure committees
- Bar associations
- State licensing boards
The exact procedures will vary depending on your profession and your state, but in general, you will be required to submit detailed paperwork and appear at a hearing before you can have your license restored. Your experienced license restoration lawyer will help you with these preparations:
- Showing remorse: Convince the board or agency that you have accepted responsibility for your actions and that you are remorseful.
- Rehabilitation: Show you have taken steps to fix the problem that led to the loss of your license, including completing a drug abuse treatment program, taking ethics classes, or other relevant programs.
- Preparing witness testimony: Your lawyer can guide character witnesses to testify at the hearing that you've made positive changes.
You will need a lawyer experienced in both the particular crime or infraction that led to your loss of license and the regulations involved in licensing for your particular profession. For example, someone accused of Medicare fraud needs a lawyer who understands both criminal law and health care law.