If you hold a professional license and have been charged with a crime, you are likely wondering how a criminal conviction will affect your career. Unfortunately, a conviction can suspend or even revoke your professional license and prevent you from working in your field.
The good news is that a highly skilled Houston criminal defense lawyer from The Law Offices of Ned Barnett may be able to help you avoid long term professional licensing consequences. Our firm has years of experience fighting criminal charges for licensed professionals. Call us today at (713) 222-6767.
Types of Professional Licenses
At The Law Offices of Ned Barnett, we have represented countless individuals who have been charged with a crime and as a result are at risk of losing their professional license. Although different professional licensing boards have different standards when it comes to license holders being charged with criminal offenses, most of them will wait until the case has been resolved prior to taking any action.
If you are worried about losing your license in any of the following fields, our Houston criminal defense attorneys are an invaluable resource.
- Physical therapy
- Real estate
- Commercial driving
- Home inspection
- Private investigation
Texas Professional Licensing Regulations
Under Texas Occupations Code 53.021, licensing authorities can suspend or revoke a license if a license holder has been convicted of an offense that directly relates to the duties in their licensed occupation or an offense that does not directly related to the duties of their licensed occupation but was committed less than five years before the date the professional applied for their license.
Licensing authorities also have the right to revoke or suspend a license if the holder is found guilty for a sexually violent offense or a felony like aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, capital murder, and burglary. When determining whether a criminal conviction should be grounds to deny a license, licensing authorities will take these factors into consideration:
- The nature and severity of the crime.
- The age of the license holder when the crime was committed.
- The work activity of the license holder before and after the crime.
- The rehabilitation evidence of the license holder.
- The license holder’s previous criminal activity.
- The correlation of the crime to the ability, capacity, or fitness necessary to conduct the duties of the licensed occupation.
- The extent to which the license may offer the license holder opportunities to engage in more criminal activities.
Why Hire a Houston Criminal Defense Attorney
By hiring a Houston criminal defense attorney, you can increase your chances of keeping your professional license, furthering your career, and financially supporting yourself and your family. At The Law Offices of Ned Barnett, our goal will be to dismiss your charges, but if a dismissal is not possible, we will work with the prosecution towards reaching a result that allows you keep your license. You can count on us to represent you in court as well as any subsequent administrative hearings.
Call The Law Offices of Ned Barnett
If you hold a professional license and have been charged with a crime, you should call The Law Offices of Ned Barnett at (713) 222-6767 immediately. Since what you say to the prosecution and professional licensing authority can negatively impact the outcome of your case and your ability to keep your license, it’s imperative that you remain silent and speak to a Houston criminal defense lawyer at our firm.
With us by your side, you may be able to get back to your career and continue working or the financial well-being of you and your family. Schedule a free and confidential consultation by calling (713) 222-6767 today or reach out to us online.