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Charlotte Professional License Defense Lawyer

Professional license claims are incredibly serious. The livelihood of many Charlotte residents depends on their professional and occupational licenses. A single claim of misconduct can threaten your livelihood as well as your reputation and your professional career. One claim, even if it is not true, can cause serious devastation in your professional life. The frustration and worry that comes in the wake of a professional license claim can cause individuals to act irrationally, placing themselves in even more difficult positions.

At Arnold & Smith, PLLC, our lawyers understand how vital professional licenses are for our clients’ careers. A threat to an individual’s livelihood can cause harm to those who depend on them for support, the health and well being of the individual being threatened, and the success of the individual’s place of employment. The point is that there are many possible parties affected due to a profession license claim. It is important to get ahead of the curve to limit any collateral damage and mitigate as many risks as possible. At Arnold & Smith, PLLC, our experienced attorneys can help you to overcome a professional license claim and limit any additional back lash that may result due to the claim being made in and of itself.

Why You Need to Hire an Attorney in Your Professional License Defense Case

Hiring an experienced attorney with proven success in profession license claims is extremely important. Our law firm uses our experience and knowledge to formulate a winning case plan on your behalf and advocate in your interest.

We will be with you throughout the entirety of the proceeding, walking you through step-by-step. Our attorneys understand how to evaluate the regulations involved in your professional licensing board and fight for your best interest during the process. Losing your professional license is incredibly serious, and you need serious legal representation on your side. Contact our law firm today to schedule a case evaluation.

Allegations That Can Cause Professional License Suspension

License defense is necessary when someone makes an accusation that might cause an ethics board to revoke or suspend your professional license. Depending on the accusation, you could lose your license entirely and not be able to work in your field. Even if you do not lose your license, the claim itself could affect your prospects for getting hired down the road. The following types of allegations can result in a license suspension:

  • Drug diversion
  • Drug abuse
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Fraud
  • Theft
  • Impairment while on duty
  • Receiving a positive drug screen
  • Criminal charge
  • Criminal convictions
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Fraudulent prescriptions for controlled and abusable substances
The Following Professions Are Subject to License Claims

Nearly every profession that requires members to have a license has a board of ethics of some sort. People can submit claims for misconduct to the board or governing body. In North Carolina, the following licensing boards have the power to suspend or completely revoke professional licenses:

  • North Carolina State Board of Education
  • North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy
  • North Carolina Board of Pharmacy
  • North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
  • North Carolina Medical Board
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Board of Nursing
  • North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (NCBLPC)
  • North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
  • North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board
  • North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examiners
What Happens After Someone Files a Professional Misconduct Claim?

It can be shocking to find out that someone has accused you of misconduct. You are likely afraid that you will lose your job or your license entirely. Typically, professional boards have skilled and impartial investigators that come in and evaluate the situation. They will usually review records and any evidence of misconduct as well as your history. After reviewing all of the evidence, they will determine whether or not they need to take disciplinary action.

Hiring a Professional Misconduct Lawyer

The individual who is investigating your professional misconduct case will likely reach out to you at some point in the investigation. It is important to speak to an attorney before speaking to a representative from your professional board. At Arnold & Smith, PLLC, we can help you craft a statement to the board. Schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced professional license defense attorneys today to discuss your legal options. Call our office at 704.370.2828 or fill out our contact form online. Now taking cases throughout North Carolina with offices in Charlotte, Lake Norman, and Union County.