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Criminal Defense and your Professional License

Posted on in Criminal Defense

If you are a professional and have been charged with a crime in California, you could end up with a revoked or suspended license. If you are a physician, teacher, veterinarian or other licensed professional, then you risk more than a fine or punishment – your livelihood could be permanently affected. It is essential that you contact a criminal defense attorney right away if you have been charged with a crime and hold a professional license.Your Charges Matter

Some crimes will universally impact your professional license, whether you are a teacher, real estate broker or doctor, while others have a more meaningful impact on your specific profession. Being convicted of a DUI or a drug offense could result in punitive action by any specialty board, but will be devastating for someone with a medical, veterinary or teaching career. A crime that is related directly to your profession will have a catastrophic impact on your career – a vet convicted of animal cruelty will likely never be able to legally practice again.

Potential Penalties

  • A doctor, dentist or nurse convicted of drug crimes, DUI or other crimes directly related to the medical profession could lose his license.
  • A veterinarian convicted of a drug offense or cruelty to animals could lose her license, even if the act was not against animals under her care.
  • A teacher convicted of a crime against a minor child, child pornography or other offenses will no longer be able to hold a license; a DUI or drug crime could cause a suspension or revocation of license as well.

 

What to Do If You Have Been Charged

Understand what you are being charged with and what the possible penalties you could face, not only from the legal system, but from the licensing board. Depending on your charges, you have far more to lose than someone without a professional license, so it is essential that you contact a criminal defense attorney. An attorney can determine the best way to approach your case and help you retain your license and your livelihood. Even if you have been convicted already, you may have options. A California criminal defense attorney can help you learn about expungement and how the removal of a conviction or arrest record can help you resume your professional work and protect your livelihood. Contact us if you have been charged with a crime and are worried about the impact if will have on your life and career.

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