COVID-19 Office Precautions

Posted on March 19, 2020

Our practice is dedicated to serving our clients. In light of the Coronavirus, we are taking extra health precautions. We understand the anxiety and hardships that the current outbreak is causing everyone in our community. We have also heard from many people who want to talk to our lawyers but they need more flexible options for doing so. As a firm, we are initiating new precautions to make sure that we can continue responding to your licensing and Cannabis law inquiries. We are keeping our office as sanitized as possible. For those who can make it in to see us, rest assured that we


My California Real Estate License is Under Investigation. What Do I Do Now?

Posted on July 9, 2020

The California Real Estate Industry is extremely competitive, and your reputation is constantly on the line. As a realtor or broker, you play an integral part in the home buying and renting process. What you do inside and outside of work can affect your real estate license. If your professional license is under investigation, here’s what you should do. Common Reasons For Investigation The California Real Estate Board has a long list of violations that lead to disciplinary actions. Below are the most common reasons your professional license could be investigated. Unlicensed Activity Trust Fund Mishandling Misrepresentation Criminal Convictions Failure


What Do I Do If I Lost My Teaching License

Posted on July 1, 2020

As a teacher, you’ve committed yourself to help others learn more about the subject matter that’s most important to them. Whether you’re working with early childhood, K-12, or any other student population, the world we live in today paints a much different picture than societal standards even as recently as ten years ago. Teachers have extremely high expectations placed on their shoulders, and sometimes they make mistakes which lead to disciplinary action. At the end of the day, we are all human. But what do you do if your teaching license has been or is about to be disciplined? Is


California Activates Assembly 2138 

Posted on June 25, 2020

In September 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2138. This bill aimed to help Californians with criminal records obtain their professional licenses. As of July 1, 2020, this bill is active. This bill applies to the 37 licensing boards that exist with the Department of Consumer Affairs. Prior to this bill, licensing boards could revoke, deny, or suspend a professional license of individuals with criminal convictions. Here are the specifics of the AB 2138 reform: DCA boards are restricted from using prior criminal history as grounds for denying a professional license. Most criminal convictions older than seven years


Client Testimonial: Unlock Legal Helped Unlock My California Registered Nursing License

Posted on June 23, 2020

The medical industry is one of the largest professions in California. Registered Nurses alone account for over 400,000 licenses issued within the state. Additionally, Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians make up another 80,000 licenses. With so many licensed professionals working to protect the community, there comes a time when these same healthcare workers need a professional in their corner to protect their careers. Crime and Misconduct As a professional license defense firm, we regularly work with medical professionals that find themselves facing allegations of professional misconduct and criminal convictions. This client felt completely overwhelmed trying to navigate their charges and


Help! My California Nursing License Has Been Suspended.

Posted on June 18, 2020

As a California Registered Nurse, your job is necessary for keeping the community safe and healthy. When you’ve had your professional license suspended for unethical behavior or from receiving a criminal conviction, it can feel like your career is over. However, you still have options that can keep you in your field and get you back to work sooner. Waiting to Get Back to Work Depending on the severity of your circumstance, the California Board of Nursing typically requires suspended nurses to wait at least one to three years before petitioning to get their medical licenses back. If your nursing


State Boards Lower Occupational Licensing Requirements During COVID-19

Posted on June 16, 2020

The overwhelming need for health care professionals across the country has dramatically increased during COVID-19. Because of the current infrastructure, these demanding professions are highly regulated and can limit the number of skilled workers available to help. As a result, state licensing boards are considering temporarily suspending licensing requirements for medical volunteers and aid workers.  Known as the Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioner Act, this state of emergency policy is normally seen during natural disasters and the aftermath of those disasters. This policy allows volunteer health professionals to come from other states and practice without seeking state-specific licensure. In response


How Long Will It Take to Get My Nursing License Back?

Posted on June 9, 2020

Losing your medical license can feel like the end of your career. Although all healthcare workers can suffer from the detrimental effects of losing their licenses, nurses can be under the most scrutiny. Convictions Common criminal convictions that cause a loss of license are defined as “substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a medical professional that constitutes unprofessional conduct which can be cause for disciplinary action.” Other convictions relating to embezzlement, theft, and failure to report abuse can also cause you to lose your nursing license. If you’re not sure of the severity of your conviction, consult


Dual Lawsuits in California Highlight Confusion Caused by Conflicting Laws on the Federal, State, and Local Level

Posted on June 4, 2020

One of the most difficult, albeit intellectually fascinating, facets of California Cannabis law is the irreconcilable conflict between Federal criminalization of both medicinal and adult-use cannabis under the Controlled Substance Act (“CSA”) and the recent wave of state legalization. It often requires intellectual curiosity, legal tightrope walking, and a healthy stomach for risk. On one hand, legal(ish) cannabis businesses in any specialty are licensed by one or more governmental bodies, pay taxes, provide employees with benefits, and generally operate like many other businesses in a heavily regulated industry. On the other hand, they face difficulties operating in non-cash equity, face


My Chiropractic License is Under Investigation

Posted on June 2, 2020

In California, Chiropractors are held to the highest of standards. Their job requires them to be educated about the most integral parts of the human body as well as maintain a spotless reputation. Chiropractors also have to follow a strict set of rules and regulations set forth by the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Board of Chiropractic Examiners. This group has the authority to determine if you can become or remain a medical professional in your field.  Is your professional license under attack? Here’s what you need to know and why you need a license defense attorney on your side.


California Cannabis Industry Experiences Delays in Regulatory Merger, the Approval of Cannabis Stimulus, and More Illicit Busts.

Posted on May 28, 2020

California continues to streamline regulations and support for legal Cannabis businesses. In recent news, Governor Newsom announces his delay on regulatory changes, the House of Representatives passes a Cannabis stimulus bill and state agencies continue to crack down on illicit businesses. Here are the latest headlines. California Governor Delays Cannabis Regulatory Changes Prior to COVID-19, California Cannabis regulatory agencies were set to make their official merger and streamline the tax and regulation process. However, the pandemic has set back the budget on this merger significantly. It will not come to fruition until 2021 at the earliest. Recently, Governor Newson released


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