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Our office continues to operate during our regular business hours, which are 8:30 am - 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday, but you can call the office 24 hours a day. We continue to follow all recommendations and requirements of the State of Emergency Stay at Home Order. Consultations are available via telephone or by video conference. The safety of our clients and employees is of the utmost importance and, therefore, in-person meetings are not available at this time except for emergencies or absolutely essential legal services.

Charlotte Professional License Defense Lawyer

Professional license claims can be 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 seriously devastate your professional life.

At Arnold & Smith, PLLC, our attorneys understand how vital professional licenses are for our clients’ careers. A threat to your career, may not only affect you financially and emotionally but may also affect those who depend on you. If you have received a claim of misconduct, it is important to act quickly and consult an attorney. At Arnold & Smith, PLLC, our attorneys can help you overcome a professional license claim.

Why You Need an Attorney to Defend Your Case

Even if you believe the complaint brought against you has no merit, it is important to consult an attorney as soon as possible. A meritless complaint may not result in your license being revoked; however, it may negatively affect your professional reputation. An attorney can help you through the aftermath of a complaint and make sure that you are protected through every step of the process.

The attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, 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
  • Breach of Confidentiality
  • Fraud
  • Theft
  • Sleeping on the job
  • Inappropriate interactions with a client
  • Impairment while on duty
  • Receiving a positive drug screen
  • Criminal charge
  • Criminal convictions
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Fraudulent prescriptions for controlled and abusable substances

Even if the above allegations do not result in a criminal charge or conviction, you may still face disciplinary action such as probation, fines, and loss of license.

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 may be 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.

Contact Us Today

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 for the board and defend your livelihood. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.

For your convenience, we now offer phone and video conferencing. If you prefer an in-person consultation, we have three easy to reach locations in Uptown Charlotte, Monroe, and Mooresville.