Can I Get a Teaching License if I Have a Criminal Record?

Posted on August 21, 2019

Becoming a teacher puts you in the unique position to positively impact the lives of generations of children. But what happens if your dream is to become a teacher, but you have a criminal record? Unlock Legal, an Orange County-based professional license defense firm, wants you to know that a criminal record might not necessarily prevent you from obtaining a teaching license, but the process can be difficult and time-consuming. The first thing to consider when you think about applying for a teaching license is the type of crime you committed. Violent crimes and major felonies like murder, rape, domestic


What Crimes Will Impact My Professional License the Most?

Posted on August 14, 2019

Criminal convictions of any kind, including trespassing or public intoxication, are going to be headaches for anyone. But if you were caught drinking a little bit too much, is it going to affect your professional license as much as robbery or domestic violence? Unlock Legal, an Orange County-based firm of professional license attorneys, wants you to know that any kind of criminal conviction has the potential to threaten your professional license and derail your career. No two situations are alike, and you can never tell for sure how a licensing board will respond to a professional misconduct accusation or a


What are the Most Dangerous Holidays for DUI in California?

Posted on August 7, 2019

Everyone looks forward to relaxing and having fun over long weekends. But holidays like Memorial Day, July 4th, and Thanksgiving are usually some of the most dangerous times of the year to be on the road. DUI arrests skyrocket around holidays and Unlock Legal, a professional license defense firm based in Orange County, California, wants to make sure you know the facts about DUI, so you’re able to celebrate the holidays safely. Which holidays are the most dangerous to drive? According to data compiled by Geotab, the most dangerous holidays to drive in California include New Years Day and Labor


Will My Professional License Be Valid in Other States?

Posted on July 31, 2019

You’ve invested substantial amounts of time and money into obtaining your occupational license, like a real estate license. But now, you want to move to another state. Will you have to go through the process all over again? Unlock Legal, an Orange County, California-based professional license defense firm, wants you to know the rules for moving your career to another state so you don’t run into problems with a licensing board. Can I Take a Licensed Job in Another State? With the exception of a handful of jobs, like piloting, individual states have licensing boards that set their own requirements


Case Study: Reducing a Board of Registered Nursing Professional Misconduct Settlement

Posted on July 25, 2019

Unlock Legal, an Orange County professional license defense firm, often works with nurses who find themselves facing allegations of professional misconduct. Last year, a registered nurse hired us to represent her when an Accusation alleging incompetence, and negligence was filed against her. The nurse could have tried fighting the charges herself or take the offer that was given by the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). The offer she received was standard: admit the charges, accept three years of probation with standard terms and conditions, and pay for cost recovery. But we knew we could get her a better deal. Unlock


How Long Will It Take to Get My Revoked or Suspended Professional License Back?

Posted on July 3, 2019

If your professional license has been suspended by your licensing board, the first question you’re probably going to ask is when you can get your license back. When you work in a field like medicine, real estate, or engineering, a professional license is essential to keeping your job. Unlock Legal, an Orange County, California-based professional license defense firm, can help you petition to reinstate your license, but depending on the industry you work in, the time it could take to start that process ranges from one to three years. Here’s a quick breakdown of how long you’ll need to wait


4 Tips to Defend Your Professional License on Your Own

Posted on June 26, 2019

You’ve been convicted of a crime, and now you’ve decided to defend your professional license in front of your license review board on your own. In addition to the demands of your job and your daily life, successfully defending your license will require hours of extra work each week. Professional license defense firms like Unlock Legal, based in Orange County, California, will take care of that work for you. But if you want to defend yourself, here’s what you’ll need to do to avoid some common mistakes: File your Notice of Defense Immediately After your licensing board accuses you of


Can I Lose My Professional License For Using Marijuana in California?

Posted on June 26, 2019

Recreational marijuana use has been legal in California for a few years now. With marijuana shops seemingly popping up everywhere, you may have thought of giving cannabis a try. If you’re a licensed professional, you might want to think twice. Unlock Legal, an Orange County-based professional license defense firm, wants you to know that recreational marijuana use can still put your occupational license in jeopardy. Isn’t Recreational Marijuana Use Legal Now? Yes. California voters legalized recreational use of marijuana in 2016, and shops that sell marijuana for recreational use began legally operating 2018. Since then, people 21 years old or


What Kind of Disciplinary Actions Could Be Taken Against Your Nursing License?

Posted on June 13, 2019

Thinking about what can happen to your nursing license if you’re convicted of a crime can be one of the most nerve-wracking parts of the criminal trial process. When you’ve worked for years to earn your nursing license, the thought of losing your job and career over a DUI or drug conviction could be frustrating and demoralizing. Unlock Legal, an Orange County, California-based professional license defense firm, wants you to know that the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) can hand down disciplinary action other than a complete revocation of your license. The BRN generally will take action against you


Why You Need a Criminal Defense and Professional License Defense Attorney

Posted on May 28, 2019

If you crash your car, your mechanic is not going to handle both your insurance claim and the repair work. So if you’re a licensed professional who is accused of a crime, why are you going to call a criminal defense attorney to fight the crime and the licensing board hearing? Unlock Legal, an Orange County, California-based professional license defense firm, will help defend your professional license — and your career — while the criminal defense attorneys work to keep you out of jail. Many criminal defense firms don’t even consider how a criminal conviction could lead to the loss