California professional licensing boards and agencies such as the Department of Consumer Affairs, Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Board of Registered Nursing, and Department of Insurance to name just a few will likely seek the discipline or denial of a license applicant who has a criminal history. If you are applying for a nursing license, teaching credential, brokers license, or any other professional license governed by a CA agency such as the Department of Consumer Affairs and you have a criminal conviction, it is vital that you contact Professional Licensing Defense Attorney Jonathan Turner. Mr. Turner can assist you in cleaning up your criminal record.
As an example, a woman applying for her court reporters license recently contacted License Defense Attorney Jonathan Turner. The Court Reporters Board was seeking to deny her court reporting license based on a felony conviction from 5 years prior. Mr. Turner determined that her felony conviction was eligible to be reduced to a misdemeanor pursuant to CA Penal Code Section 17(b). As such, Mr. Turner filed the appropriate petitions with the court and was successful in getting the felony reduced to a misdemeanor. Pursuant to established case law, that felony was to be treated only as a misdemeanor offense by the licensing board. Additionally, Mr. Turner was able to persuade the court to thereafter expunge i.e. set aside and dismiss the conviction per CA Penal Code section 1203.4. These efforts greatly improved this woman’s chances of obtaining her professional license.
The above is just one example of the types of things that can be done to clean up a professional license applicant’s criminal history. Other possibilities include amending arrest records (CA Penal Code sections 849.5 and 851.6) and sealing and destroying criminal records based on findings of factual innocence (CA Penal Code section 851.8). If you are seeking a professional license in CA through the Department of Consumer Affairs, Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Board of Registered Nursing, Board of Behavioral Sciences, Department of Social Services, Department of Insurance, Board of Real Estate, or other boards in the health care and health services field, and you have a criminal history, contact Sacramento, California Professional License Defense Attorney Jonathan Turner for a free consultation.