California Board of Psychology License Defense Attorneys
Where a psychologist or psychological assistant is the subject of a complaint or investigation, it is critical to engage knowledgeable and experienced licensing counsel before responding. Many times counsel can assist a psychologist or psychological assistant in responding effectively to the California Board of Psychology, a branch of the Department of Consumer Affairs, which can result in the investigation being closed with no formal accusation. The anxiety and expense of defending a formal accusation before the Board can be extraordinary. If a formal accusation is filed, a copy of that charging document will be posted on the Board's website, which can adversely affect a psychologist or psychological assistant's reputation even where the allegations are later proven to be without merit. What an attorney can do for you now.
The Board takes all allegations of misconduct against psychologists and psychological assistant seriously, and the number of complaints, formal accusations filed, and psychologists placed on probation have all increased over the last few years. From fiscal years 04/05 until 10/11 the number of complaints received by the Board increased by 72%, the number of formal accusations filed increased by 71%, and the number of psychologists on probation increased by 400%.Enforcement Statistics.
If you receive a call or visit from a Board investigator, a letter from the Board, or an accusation or statement of issues before the Board, you should immediately contact an attorney with experience representing psychologists and psychological assistants in licensing investigations and proceedings. The attorneys at Rothschild Wishek & Sands LLP can assist you in responding to the Board before an accusation is filed, and can defend you before the Board in an administrative proceeding. In many cases our professional licensing clients have engaged in no misconduct but instead are the target of an unjust complaint or an unfortunate misunderstanding. In other cases, including matters where a client is chemically dependent or has made an uncharacteristic mistake, we will work with clients to establish mitigating circumstances which may result in no discipline, probation with a stayed license penalty, or a shorter license suspension. In most cases where we are engaged during an investigation we will often submit a detailed analysis of the allegations to the investigator along with evidence to support our client's position that no misconduct occurred or that license discipline is unwarranted.
If you have already been the subject of discipline and your license was revoked you may be able to petition for reinstatement of your license. If you are an applicant with a concern about a criminal history or past problems, we can assist you in crafting an application packet to give you the best chance of obtaining a license.
The attorneys at Rothschild Wishek & Sands LLP have experience representing professionals before California boards and agencies including the California Board of Psychology. For psychologists and psychological assistants facing allegations of professional misconduct before the California Board of Psychology, contact Rothschild Wishek & Sands LLP for knowledgeable and effective representation.
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