Houston Professional License Defense Attorney
Houston licensed professionals face a significant number of rules and regulations promulgated by Texas Professional License Boards. Any alleged violation of these rules and regulations can result in an obstacle to a licensed professionals’ ability to practice in Houston. The firm practices Texas Professional License Defense and serves Houston. From Texas Professional License application Denial Hearings to Notice of Alleged Violations, the firm’s goal is to provide effective and efficient legal representation to the firm’s Houston area Professional License clients. The firm represents Houston Professional licensees possessing the following Texas Professional licenses:
Houston Professional License Defense Lawyer
Over one million individuals possess Professional licenses issued by Texas Professional Licensing Boards. Many of these individuals are located in Houston. Most Houston licensed professionals have minimal or no contact with the disciplinary systems of the numerous Texas Professional Licensing Boards. For Houston licensed professionals who become part of the Texas Administrative Law disciplinary process, the consequences are profound. The Texas Administrative Law disciplinary process is complex, procedural and time consuming. Individuals facing Professional License discipline in Houston should seek legal representation from a Texas Professional License Defense Attorney serving Houston.
Houston Professional License Investigation Defense Lawyer
The majority of Houston Professional License disciplinary investigations begin with the filing of a consumer Complaint. However, disciplinary Investigations also occur through sting operations, criminal conviction referrals and criminal investigations. Many Texas Administrative Law agencies utilize non sworn civilian investigators to conduct non criminal investigations against licensed professionals. Some Texas Administrative entities employ sworn Peace Officer Investigators to conduct criminal investigations arising from criminal law. These employees investigate criminal and administrative law violations committed by Houston professional licensees. Administrative Law Due Process Rights differ substantially from the Due Process Rights accorded in criminal law.
It is important to have an attorney that understands the Texas Professional License disciplinary process. At the conclusion of a Texas Professional Licensing Board investigation, the Board has several options. The Texas Administrative Law agency can choose to close the Complaint. The Texas Administrative agency can choose to issue an Administrative Penalty. Texas Professional Licensing Boards can also choose to refer the matter to its respective legal counsel for the filing of formal Administrative disciplinary charges, generally called a Notice of Alleged Violation. State legal counsel will determine whether cause exists to file a formal Notice of Alleged Violation. A Notice of Alleged Violation is called a Complaint by some Texas Administrative Law agencies. Some Texas Professional Licensing Boards will hold an Informal Conference with the licensee. In cases involving criminal conduct, the Texas Professional Licensing agency may refer the case to the District Attorney’s Office for criminal prosecution. If you are a Houston Professional License holder facing a Texas Professional License Investigation, contact a Texas Professional License Defense Attorney serving Houston for representation.
Houston Professional License Notice of Alleged Violation Defense Attorney
A formal Notice of Alleged Violation or Complaint served on a Texas Professional License holder in Houston serves as notice to a licensee that the Administrative Law agency intends to suspend or revoke the Houston Professional License. The licensee, now called the Respondent, has only 20 days from the date that the Notice of Alleged Violation was served (not received, but served) to file a Request for Hearing. The failure to file a Request for Hearing results in a Default against the Houston Professional Licensee. A Default will result in the immediate Revocation of the Texas Professional License.
A Notice of Alleged Violation or Complaint is a serious matter that can result in the suspension or revocation of a Professional License in Houston. In many cases, it is possible for licensees to reach a settlement with the Texas Professional Licensing Board. An Agreed Order is a formal term for a settlement agreement. If an Agreed Order cannot be reached, the parties will proceed to a formal Hearing before the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) or similar Administrative Law Hearing venue. Licensees facing a Texas Professional Licensing Board Notice of Alleged Violation in Houston should contact a Professional License Defense Lawyer serving Houston for representation.
Houston Professional License Hearing Attorney
The Texas Office of Administrative Hearings, also known as SOAH, hears most Administrative Law disciplinary matters. SOAH is headquartered in Austin, but may hold Hearings remotely or in other locations. Hearings may be held in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, Lubbock or San Antonio. The Texas Professional License Administrative Law Hearing is a formal Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.
The Administrative Law Judge, or ALJ, will issue a written Proposal for Decision approximately 60 days after the Hearing. The Texas Professional License agency and the Respondent generally both have the ability to file responses to the Proposal for Decision, called Exceptions and Briefs. The Texas Professional License Board can adopt, modify or reject the ALJ’s Proposal for Decision. The Texas Professional Licensing Board’s action is called the Final Order. There are two main rights of Appeal of a Final Order. Texas Government Code § 2001.144 allows a licensee to file a Motion for Rehearing within 25 days after the Final Order is issued. If a Motion for Rehearing is denied, the Respondent can file a Request for Judicial Review in Travis County District Court in Austin. A Request for Judicial Review must be filed within 30 days of the denial of the Motion for Rehearing. Texas Professional licensees facing a Texas Licensing Board Administrative Law Hearing need effective representation from a Texas Professional License Hearing Defense Lawyer serving Houston.
Houston Professional License and Criminal Convictions
Texas Professional Licensing Boards can discipline licensees for criminal convictions. Administrative Law discipline for Texas licensed professionals primary occurs for felony criminal convictions and criminal convictions related to the practice of medicine. Texas Professional Licensing Boards and other law enforcement agencies also investigate criminal conduct by Houston licensees in the course and scope of their license. Common criminal offenses in Houston that can cause Texas Professional License discipline are:
Texas Professional licensees facing criminal charges and licensees who are convicted of criminal offenses need a Texas Professional License Defense Attorney serving Houston for representation in Texas Professional License disciplinary proceedings.
Houston Professional License Denial Defense Attorney
Texas Professional licensing agencies thoroughly investigates all applicants for professional licenses in Houston. The Texas Professional Licensing Board may deny a Texas Professional License to students and licensees from other states and countries. Most Texas Professional License denials occur due to criminal convictions, financial problems or misstatements on the License application. Denial Hearings and Notice of Alleged Violation Hearings before the State Office of Administrative Hearings involve a similar procedure. However, in a License Denial Hearing, the applicant bears the burden of proof. Businesses and individuals denied a Professional License by a Texas Professional Licensing agency should contact a Texas Professional License Lawyer serving Houston for representation in a Texas Professional License Denial Hearing.
Houston Professional License Petition for Reinstatement Lawyer
A Petition for Reinstatement allows individuals who have received a Texas Professional License Revocation to reinstate their Texas Professional License. The Petition for Reinstatement may result in an investigation by the applicable Texas Professional Licensing Agency. Subsequent to an investigation, the Texas Professional licensing agency may issue the license, issue the license with a corresponding Agreed Order (settlement), or deny the license. Some Texas Professional licensing agencies may schedule an Informal Conference prior to determination whether to grant or deny licensure. Rehabilitation from past misconduct is a primary factor in a Petition for Reinstatement. A successful Houston Professional License Petition for Reinstatement requires representation by a Texas Professional License Attorney.
Houston Professional License Defense Lawyer
Administrative Law in Texas is standard throughout the state. All Texas Professional License Boards generally adhere to the same regulations, rules and statutes governing Administrative Law. Texas Professional License Board disciplinary matters can result in the loss of a Houston Professional License. Houston Professional licensees facing an Administrative Law legal matter should contact a Texas Professional License Defense Attorney serving Houston for representation. The firm represents Houston licensed professionals before the following Texas Professional Licensing Boards:
- State Bar of Texas
- Texas Board of Architectural Examiners
- Texas Board of Professional Engineers & Land Surveyors (PELS)
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
- Texas Commission on Fire Protection
- Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)
- Texas Department of Agriculture
- Texas Department of Family & Protective Services (DFPS)
- Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR)
- Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS)
- Texas Education Agency
- Texas Funeral Service Commission
- Texas Health & Human Services Commission
- Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners