Are you licensed to practice in a health care or other profession by the State of California, or in training to become licensed by one of the following: 

  • State Bar of California
  • Medical Board of California
  • Acupuncture Board
  • Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • Board of Chiropractic Examiners
  • Board of Optometry
  • Board of Pharmacy
  • Board of Podiatric Medicine
  • Board of Psychology
  • Board of Registered Nursing
  • Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians
  • Commission of Teacher Credentialing
  • Dental Board of California
  • Dental Hygiene Committee
  • Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing
  • Naturopathic Medicine Committee
  • Osteopathic Medical Board
  • Physical Therapy Board
  • Physician Assistant Board
  • Respiratory Care Board
  • Veterinary Medical Board 

You are probably aware that the governing board for your profession has rules of professional conduct designed to protect the public from unsafe or fraudulent practices.  You might assume that the rules only govern conduct directly relating to the practice of your profession.  However, you might not realize that a criminal conviction -- even if seemingly unrelated to the practice of  your profession -- also could be deemed "unprofessional conduct" which might lead to discipline by your governing board.  This could result in you being denied a license, license suspension, probation, fines and penalties, or even revocation of your license.

Even many attorneys are unaware of the implications that a criminal conviction might have on the practice of your profession.  If you are a licensed professional facing a criminal prosecution, you would be best served by consulting with an attorney who has experience practicing before your governing board to counsel you on the potential implications.

Due to negative publicity in recent years, governing boards in the health care related professions are stepping up their oversight under the guise of consumer protection, especially where there is a suspicion of drug or alcohol abuse, improper prescribing, insurance fraud, or sexual misconduct.  

Disciplinary proceedings (sometimes called "Accusations," "Notices of Disciplinary Charges," or "Statements of Issues") are serious matters which can result in the denial, suspension, or revocation of your license.  Disciplinary hearings are conducted by Administrative Law Judges, and there are no juries.  There are many procedural rules which must be followed in order for your evidence to be considered.  While disciplinary proceedings often can be settled without going to hearing, an attorney experienced in board proceedings can help you present yourself in the best possible light, often resulting in a more favorable resolution than you might achieve in representing yourself.

You've worked hard for your professional license.  I can help you obtain or keep your license when a criminal conviction, an issue of substance abuse, or charge of professional misconduct threatens your professional future.

Call me at (626) 789-1980 or email me at to discuss your matter.  Your initial consultation is free.  

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