professional license

Facing a License Complaint? A Guide to Protecting Your Professional Status

Regardless of the type of professional or occupational license you hold, you have dedicated substantial time, education, and experience towards your chosen profession, and you want to ensure you do everything you can to defend your right to keep your license. Complaints against your license can pose serious trouble for your career, especially when they lead to an investigation. However, there are things you can do to protect your license and your ability to continue working.  In this guide, we provide a summary of the steps you should take to protect your professional status and also explain how an experienced professional licensing attorney can help you. 

Understanding the Gravity of the Situation

Whether it is your first complaint or you have been through other investigations in the past, it is crucial to handle this situation with the attention and respect it deserves. State regulatory agencies wield enormous investigatory and enforcement powers, and a resulting license-revocation action can place your entire career in jeopardy. It is critical to treat a license complaint or an investigation with the seriousness and respect it deserves in order to best protect your license.

Maintaining Records and Evidence Related To Your Job

If someone has filed a complaint against you, it is important to have evidence and details regarding your work. Having this trail of information can substantially increase your chances of successfully defending yourself. Even if you are not facing a license complaint, making it a habit of keeping information regarding all of your work can be very beneficial in the long run.  

Do Not Accept Legal Advice From Your Friends and Colleagues 

While it is important to have a trusted colleague or friend to talk to during difficult times, it is crucial not to let their experience influence your outlook on the case without first consulting with a professional licensing attorney who has experience handling these matters. Legal factors can change, and each case is unique. Reviewing your situation with a dedicated and skilled professional licensing lawyer can provide you with information and options that fit your situation and help you move forward.

Do Not Wait To Obtain Legal Help Regarding Your Licensing Issue

One of the best steps you can take to protect your professional license is to consult with an experienced professional licensing attorney at an early stage. These legal professionals can defend you if you ever face a license complaint and provide guidance to help you avoid mistakes during an investigation. They can also handle much of the work, allowing you to focus on your career and future. 

If you receive a complaint or disciplinary proceeding, reach out to legal counsel as soon as possible. The sooner these lawyers can review your case, the more likely they will be able to assist you in resolving the situation before it escalates. It is also important to consult with these lawyers before discussing any complaints or allegations with an investigator or responding to a correspondence from your regulatory agency. Professional licensing attorneys  have experience in responding to such accusations, which can make the process less stressful.

Learn More About Protecting Your Professional License, Contact Gould, Hahn, & Reinhardt Today

At Gould, Hahn, & Reinhardt, our professional licensing attorneys handle various licensing issues, including investigations, revocation actions, appeals, and requests for reinstatement when a license has been suspended or revoked. Our lawyers can also advise on potential application process changes that could lead to an easier route to success. 

If you are looking for further information about professional licensing or need further details about handling a license complaint, contact Gould, Hahn, & Reinhardt today to learn more about how our legal team can help you.