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Criminal Defense for Licensed Professionals

If you hold a professional license from the State of Michigan, the State Bar Association or other authority, a conviction of a misdemeanor and/or felony charge could have serious consequences on your professional license, and ultimately your livelihood.

We understand you made a mistake, now don’t make another one, get the legal team that specializes in defending professionals like yourself. Put our 20 years of experience and expertise to work for you and your license. Our experience includes the representation and defense of numerous licensed professionals, from a wide array of industries, facing various charges.

Being licensed professionals ourselves, we know what is at risk. The penalties a Licensed Professional face go well beyond those of the average person. That is why we take the time to get to know you and your situation. Time is crucial for setting goals for your case.

We fight for you. Many law firms retain clients with the sole purpose of obtaining a plea deal. However, this may not be what’s best for you and your license. Although it is more work, we thoroughly review your case to identify any potential errors, voids, inconsistencies or any other issues in the prosecutor’s case. Through our process, we’ll ensure that you obtain the best possible result.

We know the law. Your case not only requires a formidable defense, but you must also comply with reporting requirements. Most professionals must inform their governing bodies about convictions. We can assist you in navigating the complicated administrative rules.

We never stop improving. You worked hard to earn your license and build your reputation over the years. Therefore, you deserve an attorney who puts in that hard work to get your results. Every attorney at our firm is required to attend continuing legal education to stay on top of their game.

We have the expertise. Through years of experience and training, and extensive work in this area, we know what to look out for and how to avoid the traps and steer clear of the pitfalls. We will guide you through state-mandated requirements and minimize the demands requested of you.

Criminal Charges and State of Michigan Licenses

Some licenses require reporting and possible discipline for any conviction or police contact. However, other criminal offenses provide substantial barriers for the validity of a professional license. While low-level misdemeanors are unlikely to cause major license issues, the list of non-reportable offenses is increasingly thin. The following list of offenses almost always result in a license review:

Criminal Sexual Conduct

• Due to the nature of the offense and its felonious classification, this must always be reported.

Theft or Other Crimes of Dishonesty

• This often interferes with a licensee’s good moral standing. This can cause the largest licensing issues for financial professionals.

Possession of a Controlled Substance

● Felony drug possession is a reportable offense. However, licenses can be saved if negotiations lower the charges or if substance abuse treatment is sought. This is especially applicable for lawyers and medical professionals.

Operating While Intoxicated (OWI)

● Various professional licensing boards view this offense differently. While it must always be reported, it may not lead to sanctions. Nonetheless, sufficient substance abuse treatment is always necessary. Even if it’s a first offense, licensed professionals must always take this seriously.

Assault and Battery

● Physically harming another person can cause severe license implications. Almost all licensing boards require reporting and can possibly suspend a license. Avoiding assaultive convictions must be prioritized. For all licenses, failure to report a conviction can lead to suspension. Moreover, some licenses even impose additional criminal penalties for failure to report. These varying administrative conditions determine if a professional keeps or loses their license.

Defense of Doctors and Medical Professionals

Defense of Attorneys and Legal Professionals

Other licensed professionals include:

● Mortgage brokers

● Real estate brokers

● Aircraft pilots

● College/university professors

● Stock brokers.

Knowing Your Rights

You have the right to a competent and effective defense. Often times, professionals allow themselves to be pushed around for fear of losing their license. However, defending yourself from criminal charges is the best way to avoid sanctions from a licensing board.

Even if your case is dismissed, many licensing bodies may still require arrest reports. If your offense involves controlled substances or alcohol, you must address the underlying issues surrounding your arrest.

Hiring a law firm to guide you from arrest to recovery is the most important decision you can make. While you will never be penalized for exercising your rights, neglecting to exercise these rights could mean the end of your professional license.

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