LEGAL GUIDE
Written by attorney Seth Alan Rosenberg | Oct 5, 2011

Professional Licensure Defense in Washington State

Whether you are a facing the Washington State Department of Health, Department of Licensing, Department of Financial Institutions, or any other professional licensing body, if you are faced with defending your right to initially obtain or continue to hold a professional license, you understand that your license, your professional reputation, and ultimately your livelihood are at stake.

The result of a disciplinary review or investigation can have lasting implications. Even a meritless claim can warrant representation by professional license defense attorney who can protect what is at stake.

Disciplinary board and administrative actions can originate in many ways including a complaint by:

• A patient or family member of a patient,

• A client,

• An Employee, or

• A spouse or significant other.

While the complaint will vary and depend upon the profession, allegations may include neglect, malpractice, incompetence, and substandard care or treatment.

Disciplinary action may also be initiated as a result of a criminal charge including:

• Drug or alcohol abuse, including DUI

• Theft or embezzlement

• Fraud or misrepresentation

• Violent crime, including domestic violence

If you are facing criminal prosecution, the fact that you are found not guilty on a criminal charge is not binding on your disciplinary action. In other words, you can be found not guilty and still lose your professional license.

Regardless of whether criminal charges are filed, you may be facing:

• Public reprimand

• Steep fines

• Probation

• Suspension or

• the loss of your license

Even a public reprimand can cause severe professional damage including the loss of clients as well as existing and future job opportunities.

Centrally located in downtown Seattle, the law firm of Smith & Rosenberg, PLLC represents individuals in administrative hearings and before licensing boards in Washington. We will investigate the charges and strategize with you to establish an aggressive defense aimed to protect your license and ultimately your livelihood. Contact us today at [email protected] or (206) 407-3300 for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case.

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