My CPA License is Under Investigation. What Do I Do Now?

Working as a licensed accountant requires you to uphold the utmost integrity and adhere to all of the state and federal laws. However, small mistakes from your past or present can have a large impact on the future of your career. If your CPA license is under investigation, you need to get assistance from a professional license defense attorney right away. With their assistance, you can better understand why your license is being questioned and fight against your allegations. 

Causes for Investigation

As a licensed professional, there are many industry guidelines to follow in addition to upholding the law. Breaking any of these can cause the California Board of Accountancy to review your role as an accountant. Convictions that are substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of your job are cause for investigation. These acts of unprofessional conduct can include:

  • DUI
  • Petty Theft
  • Forgery
  • Mail Fraud
  • Bank Fraud
  • Tax Evasion

To qualify as a substantially related conviction, the Board specifies there needs to be evidence of a certified public accountant who cannot or did not perform the functions authorized by his or her certification in a manner consistent with the public health, safety, or welfare. Crimes involving dishonesty, fraud, or breach of fiduciary responsibility and violations of the California Accountancy Act will result in disciplinary action as well.

Related Article: What Crimes Will Impact My Professional License the Most?

Fighting for Your License

As soon as you receive an accusation from the California Board of Accountancy, you need to act fast. Some cases can take months to complete, and you may also be out of work. The sooner you begin working with a license defense lawyer, the sooner you can get back to your career. Your attorney may also be able to settle your case before it reaches an administrative hearing. If you cannot reach a settlement, the hearing will give your lawyer an opportunity to physically plead your case on your behalf and provide evidence and witnesses to support you.

Even if your case does result in a suspension or revocation of your license, experienced lawyers like those at Unlock Legal can petition for your reinstatement and ensure you return to work promptly.

We understand how important your career is. If your CPA license is under investigation, you still have the opportunity to maintain your license and livelihood.If you fear your professional license is in jeopardy, please don’t hesitate to reach out for a quick, discreet, and confidential consultation. Know that with us, you are in great hands. Contact Unlock Legal today or give us a call at your convenience at 949-988-4444 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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