As an agent or broker of the California Department of Insurance, your reputation can be heavily scrutinized. Even if you excel at your position, mistakes can impact the validity of your professional license. If you’ve been accused of a violation and had your professional incense suspended, you still have a chance to save your career.
Causes for Suspension
Violations to the California insurance code will result in a hearing before your licensing board. Depending on the circumstance of your accusation, you will likely be facing suspension or revocation of your insurance license. You may also be required to pay heavy fines and have additional consequences imposed on those that were involved in your violation.
These are the most common insurance code violations that lead to suspension:
- Selling insurance without a loan or extension of credit
- Misrepresenting yourself or your agency as licensed insurers, life agent or casualty broker
- Paying an unlicensed person compensation
In addition to these insurance code violations, your license could still be investigated for criminal allegations or claims of misconduct.
Depending on the circumstance of your suspension, your wait time to apply for reinstatement could be up to five years. Unfortunately, waiting several years before reapplying doesn’t guarantee you will be reinstated quickly. If your reinstatement is denied, you could be required to wait another five years before getting back to your career. At this point, you may think it’s impossible to get back to work. This is where a professional license defense attorney can help turn your story around. An experienced attorney will have faced licensing boards many times and will be able to help you get reinstated the first time.
The key to reinstatement is to properly present evidence of rehabilitation and establish you as a valued member of the community. Your lawyer will be able to gather support documentation to present to the Department of Insurance and work to come to a settlement quickly. If the Insurance Commissioner requires an administrative hearing, your lawyer will also be able to represent you in court and help get your Department of Insurance license reinstated.
Contact Unlock Legal
We understand the importance of your professional license. We are dedicated to helping you get the best outcome possible for your case and protect the future of your career.
At Unlock Legal, we have helped hundreds of licensed professionals protect their livelihoods. We’ve stood before licensing boards to petition for reinstatement, fight against license denial, and even manage administrative hearings when a professional’s license is under investigation. Our priority is to get you the best outcome possible and handle your case from beginning to end – no matter how long it takes.
Unlock Legal provides focused representation in criminal defense and defense for California licensed professionals. Contact Unlock Legal today or give us a call at 949-997-1471 to speak with an insurance license defense lawyer about your case and your unique needs. You’ll find we are compassionate, easy to talk to, and willing to help in any capacity we can.