Holding a professional license demonstrates that you have met the basic requirements to work in your field, and maintaining an active license is necessary to keep many jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 17.6% of all jobs require a license, while 26.3% of full-time jobs require one. Almost anyone working in healthcare, for example, needs one. Nurses, doctors, dentists, pharmacists, and physical therapists, just to name a few, must maintain a license to do their jobs. While most jobs out there don’t require a license at all, people are often surprised by the range and type of jobs that do. Barbers, cosmetologists, real estate brokers and appraisers, plumbers, architects, and engineers are just some of the dozens of jobs where licenses are needed as well.
Each of these professions is governed by an administrative board which determines who should get a license, and what should happen to those licensees who violate their profession’s regulations. These boards are made up licensed practitioners in their respective fields, and they are generally very good at what they do. But they are not are not judges, and they usually have very little legal training. And that’s where problems can occur. Two people accused of the same violations might have wildly different outcomes in their cases, depending on how they present their case to a board.
Anyone who holds a professional license can have it suspended, revoked, or put on probation by these administrative boards if they are found to have violated the regulations for their profession. If you are facing the possibility of having your license disciplined, don’t take unnecessary chances. Your license is something that took a lot of time and effort to get, and it’s what allows you keep doing your job. Discipline against your license is kept on record and can have ramifications for the rest of your career. In short, these proceedings should not be taken lightly.
If you are facing the possibility of having your professional license disciplined by a state administrative board, the lawyers at Camden & Meridew, P.C. can help get you the best outcome for your case. For more information, or to speak with an attorney, call (317) 770-0000.