As a licensed professional, you have probably put enormous time, effort, and money into obtaining your license to pursue your chosen career. Once you have succeeded in acquiring that license, it remains the key to finding work, holding onto it, advancing your career, and earning the income to support yourself and your family. However, should your license be suspended by your state board or licensing agency, it can spell disaster in terms of your career and income. Many professionals are unaware that those suspensions and even revocations can occur due to misconduct on your part that has nothing to do with the job you hold.
When such a suspension occurs, it often begins with a disciplinary hearing. If you are facing such a hearing or your professional license has already been suspended based on a criminal arrest or conviction outside the scope of your field of work, you should seek legal representation. Eldridge & Blakney, PC has represented many career professionals in such matters throughout the greater Knoxville area. With 55 years of combined experience to draw upon including extensive litigation practice, our firm stands ready to provide you with dedicated and diligent legal service.
Professional License Suspensions
Your professional license gives you the legal right to work in your field as granted by your licensing agency. It means that you have met the agency’s requirements and standards. However, to keep your license you are obligated to remain in good standing by adhering to the standards set by your agency.
Professional licenses are required in many fields, such as for:
- Childcare professionals
- Security personnel
- Commercial drivers
- Funeral personnel
- Insurance agents
It is vital in these fields that you keep your criminal record clean. If you are arrested or convicted of a crime, even if it unrelated to your profession, it could lead to the loss of your professional license. In some cases, the mere accusation of misconduct outside of the realm of your work could lead to a license suspension.
This misconduct could include such offenses as DUI, simple assault, disorderly conduct, domestic violence, or other offenses. In such cases, your licensing agency may wish to hear the details of your arrest so that a determination about your license can be made. Having an experienced litigator by your side in such a situation can be invaluable. A skilled attorney from our firm can ensure that your side of the story is heard and that you are given fair consideration before the board. Our firm is here to help you maintain a clean record and to provide the assistance needed to help you restore your professional standing should your license be suspended or revoked.
To speak to an attorney in a free consultation about your situation, call us at (865) 544-2010 or contact us online today.