If you are the subject of criminal or professional misconduct allegations, have been arrested or charged with a crime, have a criminal conviction, or have been disciplined by another professional licensing body, you may be legally obligated to report this information to your licensing board. Reporting requirements vary by licensing agency, but fall under two general categories:
- Reporting when applying for a license or renewing a license
- Timely reporting following a reportable issue or offense
During license application or renewal
Some boards do not require applicants or license holders to make disclosures of this nature until you submit an initial or renewal license application. It’s important to know and follow your board’s requirements as failure to disclose could invoke discipline. Reporting failures can result in criminal prosecution, as most applications are required to be made under penalty of perjury.
If you are planning to complete an application or renewal application, it is important that you understand the application questions and answer them correctly. Our licensing attorneys can help you complete your application accurately and in a manner that protects your rights and interests. We can also assist you in providing additional information to the board.
Following a reportable offense
Some boards obligate a license holder to proactively self-report occurrences including certain arrests, convictions, felony charges, civil decisions, and professional license disciplinary actions. The time allowed for such reporting is often quite short, and failure to report within the specified time can be cause for discipline.
If you hold a professional license or have a license application pending and have been arrested, are facing felony charges, or have become subject to final criminal, civil, or administrative action, contact us to determine your best course of action. Our experienced license defense attorneys can evaluate what, if any, self-reporting actions your licensing board requires and help you provide the report and additional information that can help avoid or minimize the consequences to your license.