Professional License Defense Attorney Minneapolis & St. Paul
Minnesota is home to thousands of licensed professionals who work hard and provide valuable services to state residents. Many of them have several years of training and education invested in their chosen occupation. Those individuals can quickly have their dreams squashed when allegations of misconduct threaten their very livelihood.
If you are facing disciplinary actions from a Minnesota licensing board, this can be akin to a criminal trial in many instances. Allow one of our attorneys to help you preserve your reputation and economic future by representing you in front of the Minnesota Board of Nursing, Social Work, Pharmacy, or any other licensing agency.
Licensing boards ensure that only qualified individuals who maintain the highest ethical standards are able to achieve licensing. The down side to this is that they often wield an unbalanced amount of power over who is able to obtain or maintain a professional license.
Facing one of these boards without the proper representation can be a risky move that might leave you with far-reaching consequences. As a result of unfavorable action from a licensing board, you could experience:
- Hefty fines or other penalties
- The loss of your license
- An inability to work in your chosen industry
- Public embarrassment and the loss of your reputation
The results of a licensing hearing could affect you legally as well. For example, a decision from the Minnesota Medical Malpractice Board could later be used in a medical malpractice or personal injury suit.
Allegations of abuse by the Minnesota Board of Psychology or the Minnesota Department of Human Services could even result in criminal charges being filed. A negative hearing in front of a board could later be construed as evidence of your guilt, even if you have not done anything wrong.
Importance of an Attorney
Many of our clients in Bloomington and the surrounding area fail to take licensing hearings as seriously as they should. Only after they have received sanctions do they learn how important these hearings really are. Having an attorney who understands and will prepare an aggressive defense can often mean the difference between keeping one’s license and having to choose a completely different line of work.
Most licensing boards conduct themselves very professionally. However, there is always the possibility that a member will bully, harass, or intimidate someone just because he or she can. Those individuals tend to be much less aggressive when the person they are reviewing is being represented by legal counsel.
By their very nature, licensing boards are very complex entities that all have their own rules and regulations to follow. Sorting through all of these rules can be cumbersome for the average person, but is something that attorneys and their paralegal staff won’t feel overwhelmed by. Learning how the board is supposed to operate is often the key to crafting a solid legal strategy that ensures you are treated fairly.
An attorney can also make sure your legal rights are not violated. This is especially important if the matter could potentially progress to more serious criminal charges that might also result in prison time.
Contact us for Professional Licensing Defense in Minnesota
Are you aware of an issue that could affect your professional license? If so, please contact us as soon as you learn of an investigation or hearing. The sooner you contact us, the faster we can begin preparing your legal defense.
If you have received an unfavorable action, we may also be able to help you with an appeal. At Villaume & Schiek, we have more than 50 years of combined experience and would welcome the opportunity to serve you.
Disclaimer: The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individualsituation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.