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
two situations are alike, and you can never tell for sure how a licensing board
will respond to a professional misconduct accusation or a criminal conviction.
According to the California Business and Professions Code, a professional can
have their license suspended for a crime “substantially related to the
qualifications, functions, or duties of the business or profession for which
the licensee was issued.”
California code outlines what can lead to the suspension of a license. But it’s
up to the licensing boards to determine how severe of a punishment they’re
going to hand down. Sometimes, the punishment could include probation
or a fine but not a suspension.
state code for license suspension is wide, and professional licensing boards
can ostensibly argue that any crime is related to a licensee’s ability to
practice in their profession. For example, the California Board of Accountancy
will probably not let a person convicted of embezzling money serve as a CPA,
and the Board of Registered Nursing will probably not let a person convicted
of DUI practice nursing. Both crimes are arguably related to the person’s job.
important to note that most traffic violations, like parking or speeding
tickets, are not considered crimes or misdemeanors and will not have an impact
on your professional license application. However, DUI is one of the most
common vehicle-related crimes that lands professionals in hot water with their
If you’re a professional who is convicted of a crime, you don’t want to run the risk of losing your license. The first thing you should do is contact a professional licensing attorney. Unlock Legal, a professional license defense firm based in Southern California, has experience defending licensee’s careers before dozens of licensing boards, including the Department of Real Estate, the Board of Registered Nursing, and the Department of Insurance. Contact us by sending us an email here or by calling us at 949-268-2857.