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Letters of Investigation from the Department of Consumer Affairs

If a Complaint is made to the Medical Board of CA, the Board of Psychology, the Dental Board of CA, the Osteopathic Medical Board of CA, the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the Board of Registered Nursing, the State Board of Optometry, the Veterinary Medical Board, the Physical Therapy Board of CA, the CA State Board of Pharmacy, the Speech-Language Pathology Board regarding a licensee. The applicable board and/or the CA Department of Consumer Affairs will conduct an investigation. As part of that investigation the licensed CA physician, nurse, healthcare worker, etc… often receives a letter indicating that a complaint has been made and that the Board’s or DCA’s Investigator is conducting an interview as part of that investigation. The letter will then direct the licensed medical professional to contact the named investigator to set up such an interview.

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Probation, Probation Conditions, and Disciplinary Guidelines

If you possess a CA professional license or are applying for such and your fitness to hold the license is being investigated, you should always consult with an experienced Sacramento professional license defense attorney like Jonathan Turner.
Such licensing investigations are complicated and stressful matters.

Often the licensing board at issue, for example the CA Department of Consumer Affairs, the CA Board of Registered Nursing, the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the CA Board of Real Estate, the CA Medical Board, etc… will offer to not suspend or revoke the license if the licensee agrees to placement on probation with the board. It is essential that you consult with a Sacramento professional license defense lawyer before agreeing to any such settlement that involves probation.

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California Department of Consumer Affairs

The California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) based in Sacramento, California, oversees many of California’s professional licensing agencies and boards, including, but not limited to, those in the health care field such as doctors, nurses, physical therapists, dentists and many others.

The Department of Consumer Affairs will initiate an investigation if they receive information that a licensee has committed a crime, engaged in dishonest or unprofessional conduct, fraud, and/or engaged in billing irregularities. When the DCA receives such information and believes the information warrants a more formal investigation, the matter may be assigned to one of its many investigators located throughout California. Those investigators will then contact the licensee and attempt to arrange for an in-person interview. If you are contacted by an investigator with the Department of Consumer Affairs, it is vital that you contact an experienced professional license defense attorney like Jonathan Turner immediately.

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Teacher Credentialing Investigations

A number of things can trigger an investigation by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing’s Division of Professional Practices. Two of the most common triggers for a teaching license investigation are criminal convictions and resignations while allegations of wrongdoing are pending. If you are facing the discipline of a your teaching credential and dealing with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, contact Sacramento teaching credential defense attorney at the Law Office of Jonathan Turner for free consultation.

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California Administrative Law

California Administrative Law pertains to the type of law that deals with professional licenses including the disciplining of those licenses. The California Government Code lays out some of the basic rules regarding the administrative law and professional licensing hearing process.

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CA Professional Licenses: Reinstatement Petitions, License Surrender, Reconsideration and Writs of Mandamus

Administrative law and professional license defense is a unique area of law with its own laws, statutes, rules and regulations. As such, if you are dealing with a professional licensing matter with one of California’s numerous licensing boards or agencies such as the CA Board of Registered Nursing, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the CA Department of Consumer Affairs, the CA Department of Insurance, the CA Bureau of Real Estate, the Board of Behavioral Sciences or the Department of Social Services, you need an experienced professional license defense attorney.

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California Professional License Complaints

Accusation, Statement of Issues, Notice of Defense and Statement to Respondent – When a California professional licensing board or agency seeks to discipline (e.g. suspend or revoke) a license or deny a license application, the licensee if afforded the right to contest that disciplinary decision by requesting an administrative hearing under the CA Government Code beginning with Section 11500 (also known as the Administrative Procedures Act).

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What Do I Do If I am a CA Licensed Professional and Am Arrested?

Not surprisingly, it is not uncommon for a CA licensed professional (medical doctor or physician’s assistant, credentialed teacher or educator, registered nurse, licensed vocational nurse, real estate broker or appraiser, insurance agent, dentist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, psychologist, pharmacist, attorney, veterinarian, court reporter, chiropractor, bail bondsman, etc…) to be arrested for a misdemeanor such as driving under the influence (DUI) or even a felony.

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Can I Lose My California Professional License Based on a Driving Under the Influence Conviction?

Driving Under the Influence or DUI (CA Vehicle Code section 23152) is a crime that nearly anyone may commit including licensed nurses (registered nurses and LVNs), credentialed teachers, medical doctors, dentists, veterinarians, real estate brokers, insurance agents, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, physicians assistants, chiropractors, accountants, pharmacists, and any other California licensed professional.

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CA Professional License Defense of Citations

California Business and Professions Code section 125.9 authorizes CA licensing boards and agencies to issue “citations” for misconduct. Such citations generally entail fines ranging from $250 up to $5,000 or more. More importantly, these citations are often public record and thus may mar a professional’s licensing record. Also Boards will keep such citations in their files and likely use them in the future to enhance a licensee’s punishment for future misconduct. In short, if you are a California licensed professional such as a chiropractor, psychologist, nurse, pharmacist, dentist, paramedic, real estate broker, insurance agent, or any other professional or a business like a smog shop licensed by the Bureau of Automotive Repair, and you receive a citation, it is important that you consult with an administrative lawyer and license defense specialist like Jonathan Turner right away.

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LEGAL TROUBLE WITH YOUR PROFESSIONAL LICENSING BOARD?

If you received a denial of a professional license or any threat to your ability to continue practicing your profession, please contact attorney Jonathan Turner using this contact form or call (916) 471-6506 for a personal conversation.





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