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What Types of Crimes Often Result in a Loss of Professional License?

Posted on January 5, 2023 in

Certain crimes are simply more problematic than others when it comes to retaining a professional license after a criminal conviction. Each licensing board will have its own set of standards, which will vary. But, some crimes, such as those of moral turpitude or violent crimes, may threaten any professional’s licensing credentials. 

Common Crimes Leading to Revoked Professional Licenses

Some crimes will be more concerning because the professional may no longer be seen as trustworthy. For example, a truck driver convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) or a doctor convicted of stealing controlled medications from the hospital where he works. Below are the most typical crimes that end in a suspended or revoked license. 

Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct would breach the assumed trust between the professional and client, even if the client were not the person who was allegedly abused. Licenses are often revoked following a sexual misconduct conviction, particularly when the profession deals with a vulnerable part of the population. 

Sexual misconduct covers anything from sexual harassment to violent sexual assault. So, If you are facing criminal charges for sexual misconduct, you will want to fight this charge so that a conviction does not jeopardize your livelihood.

Crimes of Moral Turpitude

Crime of moral turpitude is an umbrella term encompassing crimes like fraud, embezzlement, extortion, larceny, forgery, blackmail, bribery, and perjury, which can lead to losing a professional license. Licensing boards may consider a person convicted of these crimes as unethical, incompetent, and unable to carry out their professional duties. 

Substance Abuse

Crimes involving substance abuse can lead to a revoked license, especially within the healthcare profession. Substance abuse may mean the use of controlled substances or illegal ones. There are usually treatment programs for those who want help. Successfully completing such a program may give you a second chance and help you retain your professional credentials. 

Patient Abuse

Someone convicted of patient abuse will lose their job and their license. The healthcare industry will revoke the license of someone they believe lacks the ethical and moral responsibility it takes to do the job. An Arizona medical license defense attorney can help navigate potential criminal charges. 

Medical Violations

Medical professionals may be charged with a crime if they recklessly prescribe medications, abuse the healthcare system, commit insurance fraud, or engage in inappropriate relationships with their patients. Those governing the licensing of medical professionals have little tolerance for medical violations.

Retaining a Professional License 

Criminal convictions can affect most professional licensing, to what degree will be up to the governing board of that particular profession according to their rules and standards. If you are concerned about your livelihood and a conviction’s impact, you should seek legal counsel immediately. 

Stewart Law Group will focus on your licensing concerns. Our team has over 20 years of combined experience and is the expert in professional license defense. Reach out today for a free consultation. Let us examine your case and devise an effective strategy to help you retain your professional license and continue on a successful career path.