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How Will a Criminal Charge Impact Your Professional License in California?

Posted by William Aron | Feb 09, 2022

When a person is convicted of a crime in California, there are serious penalties that they may face such as prison time or costly fines. To make matters worse, when a person is convicted of a crime, they may risk having their professional license suspended or revoked. Depending on the nature of the crime committed, you may lose your professional license permanently.

If you are at risk of losing your professional license, the criminal defense lawyers at Aron Law Firm may be able to help. It is important that you understand how a criminal charge may impact your professional license in California.

What Are Professional Licenses and Boards in California?

In the state of California, there are many different licenses for various businesses and professions that are regulated. Licensed professions in California include:

  • Accountants
  • Architects
  • Chiropractors
  • Commercial drivers
  • Contractors
  • Cosmetologists
  • Dentists
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Pest Control
  • Pharmacists
  • Real estate agents
  • State employees
  • Teachers
  • Veterinarians

Depending on the severity of the crime you have been arrested for and the type of professional license you have, a single arrest can be the basis for disciplinary action that could lead to the suspension or revocation of your license.

How Can an Arrest Affect Your Professional License in California?

A person who has a business or profession that requires a professional license is often a person who is trusted to care for others in one way or another. That is why a criminal arrest or conviction is taken seriously in regards to whether they should be able to continue to hold that license. The disciplinary measures taken after a criminal arrest or conviction include:

  • License suspension
  • License revocation
  • Warning letter
  • Citation
  • Fines
  • Diversion program
  • Substance abuse treatment and education
  • Drug or alcohol testing
  • Practice restrictions or supervision
  • Probation

The way that an arrest can impact a professional license varies greatly depending on the type of crime that you were arrested for and the type of professional license you hold. If you feel that you may be at risk of losing your professional license or suffering from any other disciplinary action, it is crucial that you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.

Contact a California Criminal Defense Lawyer for Help

Facing a criminal conviction can be overwhelming for anyone, especially a person who is at risk of losing their professional license. While being charged with a criminal offense can bring about many negative impacts on a person's life, to lose a profession as a result of a revoked license can be devastating. If you or a family member are at risk of having your professional license suspended or revoked, it is essential that you get in contact with a California criminal defense lawyer who can help with your case.

Aron Law Firm is a team of California criminal defense lawyers with extensive experience helping clients who may lose their professional licenses. We are passionate about providing our clients the dedicated representation they deserve. To schedule a consultation, contact us here or call (805) 618-1768.

About the Author

William Aron

Our firm is managed by William M. Aron. William M. Aron is a graduate from the Duke University School of Law and an active member of the California State Bar Association. While at Duke University, Mr. Aron also earned an M.A. in Psychology, authoring a paper examining the efficacy of polygraph e...

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