Texas Lawyer For Criminal History And Medical License Issues
When a health care professional applies for licensure and goes through a background check, there is a chance that past criminal offenses slip through the cracks. For this reason, licensing boards throughout Texas — including the Texas Medical Board, the Texas Board of Nursing, the Texas Board of Pharmacy and the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners (ECPTOTE) — require a disclosure statement from license applicants. Failure to list even minor offenses that occurred long ago can be extremely detrimental to your license status if the board finds out about the omission.
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License Defense Investigations And Hearings
Mr. Mora is well-versed in all of the factors that affect the outcome of an investigation and licensing board hearing related to criminal history issues.
In cases involving criminal histories, it is important to consider the following:
- Licensing boards take criminal history matters very seriously: While an offense in your past may seem minor to you or an objective observer, licensing boards treat even the pettiest offense extremely seriously.
- Disclosure is more important to the board than the original offense: Typically, the board is more concerned with failure to disclose criminal allegations than with the nature of the crime itself. As such, it is vital to have an experienced attorney who understands how a licensing body will approach these cases and view the severity of the situation.
- Issues can arise due to convictions and arrests: All too often, professionals remember to report past convictions but fail to report arrests (where there was no conviction). Licensing boards usually want to know about both of these, and may view a failure to disclose arrests as a major violation of their ethical standards.
In addition to undisclosed past offenses, present day criminal charges can adversely affect your license status.
Personalized License Defense
At The Law Offices of Alejandro Mora, PLLC, our Texas medical license lawyers help health care professionals whose past actions now threaten their future employment prospects. Firm founder Alejandro Mora has helped physicians, nurses, pharmacists and many other types of health care professionals throughout Texas protect their reputation and ability to earn a living in their chosen professions.
Our comprehensive services also include helping prevent future problems due to disclosure issues. We help clients prepare required disclosure documentation or obtain a declaration of eligibility from their licensing boards, and prevent items in their past from coming back to haunt them later.