When Should You Hire a Medical License Lawyer?

when should your hire a medical license lawyer

When Should You Hire a Medical License Lawyer?

Frontline jobs have grown in demand as many California professionals look to pivot their careers. Unfortunately, issues with your current and new licensing board can prevent you from starting your life as a nurse or physician’s assistant. Although it may seem like a good idea to try and resolve these issues yourself, managing licensing investigations while also applying for a new certification can be overwhelming. Here are signs that it’s time to work with a medical license defense lawyer.

Your Medical License Was Denied

The last thing you want to deal with in the process of trying to pivot your career is a licensing denial from the Board of Registered Nursing. Unfortunately, there are several reasons a licensing board can deny your application. The most common include: 

  • Misleading information on an application for your license
  • An open case or warrant out for your arrest
  • Legal action was taken against your business or professional license in another state and/or by the federal government
  • A felony conviction directly correlated to the functions and duties of the license
  • A misdemeanor conviction directly correlated to the functions and duties of the license
  • Failure to disclose pending criminal convictions, disciplinary actions, or charges

Once you’ve received a denial, you typically have 60 days to appeal it. Therefore, you should contact a professional license defense lawyer as soon as you receive a statement of issues. Your nursing license defense attorney can help you appeal your license denial and clean up your record to put you on the right track for approval.

Related Article: What Convictions Affect My Medical License?

Your License Is Being Investigated

A notice of investigation from your current licensing board will cause friction with your future medical career. Although the board will alert you of an investigation, you will likely not know the accusations against you. It’s crucial to contact a medical license attorney right away. A board investigator will contact you to request a variety of documentation and schedule an in-person interview. Your attorney can support you through this process. They will help you pinpoint the exact reason for the investigation and coach you on what to say during your investigation interview. 

You’re Currently on Probation

If you are on probationary status with your current licensing board, you may have certain obstacles to overcome prior to applying for a new industry. Not only will you have to remain in compliance with the expectations of your current board, but you will also have to abide by any requirements of your medical licensing board. This could include meeting with your probation supervisor regularly during your job transition as well as remaining clean on any testing. Mistakes made during your professional license probationary period will seriously impact your future as a licensed professional in any industry. A medical license lawyer can ensure that you stay in compliance with both boards and have the best chance at transitioning into your new career path.

Many California residents are looking at alternative career paths in the new year. We understand how frustrating and discouraging difficulties with licensing boards can be. Our team at Unlock Legal is here to help you during your transition.


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 a professional 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.

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