Newark, N.J. Defense of a Professional License from a Criminal Charge
In addition to all of the penalties imposed on a person charged with a criminal offense, a client who is a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, lawyer, or another type of profession where you have to have a State or Government issued license to practice, faces the potential suspension or revocation of their license. There are a number of factors that need to be considered in consultation with an experienced criminal defense lawyer before you make any decisions about how to resolve the criminal charge.
Defending a Professional License from Suspension
One of the worst things you can do if you are a professional is give up your right to remain silent by talking to the investigator for the agency or board that oversees your profession. Once you are charged with a crime, they will contact you. A knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer will advise the Board that you are aware of the charge, that you are asserting your innocence, and ask that all future questions be directed to your lawyer. In a recent case, Howard Bailey successfully got serious criminal charges downgraded, and later dismissed, without discussing anything about the case with the Board.
If you have a professional license and are under investigation, or been charged with a crime, consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer to discuss what your options are to protect your license. Contact Howard Bailey at 973-982-1200 for a free consultation.Once the charges were dismissed, the client’s record was expunged and the Board closed the case without interviewing the client, and with no suspension of the license. In another recent case, the client had admitted his guilt to the police before he hired Mr Bailey. By arguing the facts of the case, the case was diverted into PTI, and once the program was completed the client became eligible to have their record expunged. The professional license was suspended until he completed the diversion program, and the client will shortly be re-issued their professional license.
What You Do In the First 24-Hours Can Impact Your Professional License
If you have a professional license and are charged with a crime, what you say to the cops can impact your license, and what you say to your professional board can impact the disposition of your criminal charge. Exercise the right to remain silent, and the right to counsel. SAY NOTHING until you have consulted with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Call Howard Bailey at 973-982-1200 for a free consultation on defenses for charges that can result in a license suspension.