What Do I Do If My California Teaching License Is Under Investigation?

Posted on August 13, 2020

California teachers play a large role in shaping the future of our children. On a daily basis, teachers working in early childhood schools and at the collegiate level have high standards to meet. Current and past social or on the job mistakes can threaten the livelihood of these California teachers. If your credibility is being questioned, your professional teaching license could be at risk. No matter how dire the circumstances may seem, there is a chance to protect your career with the help of a professional license defense attorney. Causes for Investigation Depending on the nature of your crime, you


California Licensing Board Changes: Renewal and License Requirements

Posted on July 30, 2020

The last several months have brought a variety of changes for professionals across California. From waived licensing requirements and renewal extensions for dentists and medical workers to ground-breaking professional licensing laws, California professionals are in a better position to obtain and maintain their occupational licenses.  California Enacts AB-2138 On July 1, Assembly Bill 2138 was officially enacted and provides a stepping stone for California residents with criminal records. This bill changes how California licensing boards can decide to revoke, deny, or suspend the professional license of individuals with criminal convictions. Boards are now restricted on using convictions over 7 years


Case Study: Turning a Real Estate Denial Into a Restricted License

Posted on July 23, 2020

The reputation of Real Estate brokers and agents is constantly taken into account in regard to their professional licenses. Past criminal convictions can definitely affect the possibility of starting or continuing your Real Estate career. We helped this client overcome his past mistakes and proceed with his dream career as a licensed Real Estate agent. In 2014, our lead attorney Miranda McCroskey began working with a California Real Estate professional that had received a statement of issues from the Department of Real Estate (DRE). In order to defend the denial of his application, our professional license defense attorneys put together


Case Study: Expunging Criminal Records and Obtaining Registered Nursing License

Posted on July 16, 2020

Nurses make up the largest population of occupational licenses in California. Due to the nature of their work, obtaining and maintaining a nursing license can be difficult. From nursing school to a nursing license, here’s how we helped a California Registered Nurse expunge her criminal records, get into nursing school, and obtain her professional nursing license.  In 2017, a nursing client reached out to our lead attorney, Miranda McCroskey, for assistance with her nursing school application. The scope of her request also entailed drafting and filing petitions for expungements for her underlying criminal matters.  The Unlock Legal team filed the


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


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