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The State of California tightly licenses and regulates many professions as well as medical and healthcare providers and professionals. California is known as one of the most difficult states in which to obtain or maintain a professional license. When a challenge to that professional license arises you need experienced attorneys who can help you to navigate the process of a California professional license defense while achieving the best possible outcome.
Each year many doctors, physicians, nurses, medical professionals and other license holders such as architects, engineers, accountants and lawyers face potential disciplinary actions from a multitude of public and private agencies, boards and organizations.
How does the process of a California professional license defense work? How can the Watkins Firm protect you and your professional license?
The process usually begins with a complaint from the public, the media, other professionals or a patient to the governing board or agency. Other investigation triggers may include payment by professional malpractice insurance carriers or the report of disciplinary action within a legal jurisdiction (such as a DUI) or a facility (such as staff privileges at a healthcare entity).
In some case, action taken against a licensed professional by another state or federal agency will trigger a California investigation.
The board or agency will usually open an investigation into the allegations to determine if there is substantial evidence or justification for potential disciplinary action. In many cases, a licensed practitioner may not be aware that he or she is under investigation until the receipt of a formal accusation or charges are filed.
If you as a licensed professional have received a formal accusation from a licensing board or agency immediate action must be taken to mount a defense and protect your license. You may have as little as 15 days from the original date the letter was issued to legally respond and open a defense.
The failure to meet these time frames can limit or preclude an effective license defense.
It is important to understand your rights in the process of a California professional license defense. In many cases your rights to “discovery” of the evidence against you is much more limited in these venues than in a typical “civil” court setting. This is why it is important to contact the Watkins Firm immediately or call 858-535-1511 to speak with one of our attorneys for a free and substantive consultation if you receive any notice from your licensing board or agency.
California licensing boards and agencies require a formal hearing where you as a professional may defend your license before it is restricted, suspended or revoked or other disciplinary action is undertaken.
This is another example of how Watkins Firm attorneys can have a powerful impact on your case. The response to the allegations against you is of vital importance. Our attorneys take aggressive action to document what has happened, develop a defense, assert your constitutional and professional rights of due process while preserving all issues which may form the basis for a successful appeal.
It is important to understand the extent of the power of your licensing board or agency. Our attorneys have much more room to mount a defense and work to achieve a more positive outcome from the outset. If you attempt to defend yourself and contact us after a decision has been handed down your chances or reversing the orders against your license are unfortunately greatly reduced.
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The experienced and proven professional license defense attorneys at the Watkins Firm understand all of the fears and concerns which may fill your mind at this moment. The simple reality is this:
If you take action and put us to work to defend your professional license as early as possible the odds of a more positive outcome are substantially increased.
Generally speaking, licensing boards and agencies aren’t looking to eliminate professional practitioners. They seek to protect the patients, clients and the good people of California who will interact with and be served by a professional license holder.
Our attorneys are ready to listen to your situation without judgment and to prepare an aggressive defense to manage any challenges and protect your professional license and ability to earn a living.
We invite you to review the strong recommendations of our clients and contact the experienced and proven professional license defense attorneys at the Watkins Firm or call 858-535-1511 for a free consultation.