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The Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology & Hearing Aid Dispensers Board of California, which is part of the California Department of Consumer Affairs based in Sacramento, California, oversees the issuance of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) licenses.

If you are a Speech-Language Pathologist (commonly referred to as a Speech Therapist) or seeking a license to become one, a criminal conviction may cause the Board to investigate your moral fitness to hold the license.

The Board requires all licensees and prospective licensees to provide certain information to the Board regarding criminal history and convictions. It is important that a licensee under such scrutiny obtain the services of an experienced professional license defense attorney such as Jonathan Turner who, like the Board, is also based in Sacramento, California. The manner by which the licensee presents such criminal history information to the Board is a delicate process and may be the difference between the Board disciplining a license and not.

If the Board formally decides to deny, suspend, revoke or otherwise discipline a license due to a criminal conviction (misdemeanor or felony) or alleged fraud, dishonesty or unprofessional conduct, the licensee is entitled to an administrative hearing. It is crucial that an experienced administrative hearing defense attorney like Jonathan Turner represent the licensee throughout the complex administrative hearing process. That process includes responding to the Board’s formal complaint called an Accusation or Statement of Issues within 15 days in the form of a Notice of Defense and Request for Discovery. It also may include pre-settlement conferences, the issuance of subpoenas, and the presentation of live witness testimony and documentary exhibits at the hearing itself. Mr. Turner has handled dozens of administrative hearings all over California successfully defending his clients’ professional licenses by obtaining post-hearing decisions from Boards and Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) that grant his clients’ licenses and/or avoid the suspension or revocation of the license.

If you are a licensed speech therapist/pathologist or seek to become one, and have a criminal history or are otherwise being investigated by the Speech-Language Pathology Board, contact Professional Licensing Defense Attorney Jonathan Turner for a free consultation.


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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