California Dental License Defense Attorneys
Where a dentist or registered dental 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 dentist or registered dental assistant in responding effectively to the Dental Board of California, a branch of the Department of Consumer Affairs, which can result in the investigation being closed with no formal accusation. However, dental professionals have on average only six months between a complaint being made and a formal accusation potentially being filed. Enforcement Statistics. 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 an office or employee’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 dentists and registered dental assistants seriously, and the number of complaints which lead to full investigations has increased in recent years even as the total number of available investigators in the department has declined. From fiscal years 04/05 until 09/10 the number of investigations opened by the board rose from 403 to 764. Enforcement Statistics. The Board has also indicated expanded enforcement as one of its upcoming priorities in the next three years. 2013-2016 Strategic Plan
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 professionals 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 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 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.
Additionally, the Board offers a Diversion program for dentists and dental assistants who are chemically dependent. In some cases, voluntary admission into the program may avoid the filing of a disciplinary action where a participant is successful in treatment.
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. For dentists, registered dental assistants, and applicants facing allegations of professional misconduct before the Dental Board of California, contact Rothschild Wishek & Sands LLP for knowledgeable and effective representation.
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