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criminal conviction license renewalIn keeping with the professional nature of the roles, health professionals are subject to strict licensing requirements in the state of Texas. The initial and renewal applications contain questions that are outlined by state law and the rules and regulations of the state boards governing their practices. A common question asked by those applying for licensure and renewal is whether to disclose a criminal conviction on the application or renewal application. Some roles this affect when reviewing licenses or applying for the first time include physicians, nurses, dentists, psychologists, and pharmacists.

If you have a criminal conviction, you should obtain the court records so you have all of the necessary information at hand. You should then contact an attorney who is experienced in handling professional license defense matters for guidance on exactly what to disclose and how to do so without jeopardizing your ability to obtain and maintain your license to practice. Answering a question wrong or incompletely can have a serious impact on your hard-earned license and reputation.

In many cases, the way the question is answered can make all the difference between a disciplinary action that jeopardizes your license and one that has some ramifications that are limited and not unduly onerous. Furthermore, some licensing boards will not take action on the underlying criminal conviction if it is not a serious offense, but will take action on the failure to disclose it as required. Having an experienced professional license defense attorney to guide you through the disclosure process.

The state licensing boards have different rules and procedures for handling applicants and licensees with criminal convictions. For example, the Texas Board of Nursing has a corrective action proceeding that may apply to your particular situation. The corrective action proceeding results in a non-disciplinary action with limited penalties.

If you have a criminal conviction and have concerns about how it will impact your ability to get or maintain a professional license, you should contact an experienced Texas professional license defense attorney for assistance. Contact Oscar San Miguel, Attorney at Law, for the help you need to protect your license and livelihood.

texas medical license attorneyIf you are a lawyer, doctor, nurse, dentist, pharmacist, physical, or massage therapist, or one of many other licensed professions in Texas, and you have been charged with or convicted of a criminal offense, you are at risk of losing your professional license. Even a seemingly minor infraction, such as theft, criminal mischief, or driving under the influence, can wreak havoc on your career.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) regulates occupational licensing of 29 professions and industries under state law. The TDLR may suspend or revoke a license of a person who has been convicted of certain crimes, including an offense directly related to the duties and responsibilities of that occupation, an offense that was committed fewer than five years before the person applies for a license, an offense for which probation or community service is not available, and sexually violent crimes. A person who is incarcerated for a felony conviction is not eligible to obtain or renew a license.

Some occupations, such as lawyers, doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, EMS personnel, and police officers, are governed by other state agencies. For example, physicians are regulated by the Texas Medical Board, nurses by the Texas Nursing Board, dentists by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, and so on.

A medical professional who is accused of criminal activity, from substance abuse to diverting controlled substances, can face medical board investigation and license suspension or revocation. Criminal convictions that are unrelated to medical practice can also result in severe professional damage.

In criminal cases, often times a plea deal can be reached instead of going to trial. However, when a professional license is at stake, having an experienced professional licensing attorney working with your criminal attorney on your plea deal can be critical to lessening the impact on your professional license and your future.

If you have been charged with a criminal offense and are facing possible professional license suspension or revocation, you should seek legal representation to make sure that your interests are protected. Contact Oscar San Miguel, Attorney at Law, an experienced Texas professional licensing attorney for a consultation.

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