Florida Professional License Defense Attorneys
Feb. 24, 2010
-- Soreide Law Group has been actively representing candidates before various professional licensing Boards. Soreide Law Group has a long history of representing current and prospective attorneys with licensing disputes and has now expanded that area of expertise to representing nurses, accountants, architects, dentists, pharmacists and real estate professionals before their respective boards. The board of accountancy, board of nursing, board of architecture, and the Florida Real Estate Commission are all governed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The Florida’s office of Financial Regulation regulates financial professional such as mortgage brokers, insurance salesman and stock brokers. Soreide Law Group travels to all hearing locations throughout the state of Florida to appear before DBPR.
Many of the licensing issues presented before Florida’s DBPR, FREC, and the Board of architecture, nursing and accountancy are coupled with a criminal component. Soreide Law Group does not represent clients in criminal proceedings and we focus our firms practice strictly on defending your professional license and helping clients maintain their professional license. We do affiliate with former Florida State Attorney’s that are experienced and affordable criminal defense counsel who can assist you with the criminal component of your professional licensing issue. Whether your criminal conviction is grounds for discipline is dependant on the license. Typically, a conviction is a ground for discipline if it is a felony or a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude. Some agencies have issued regulations which set forth criteria to be considered in evaluating rehabilitation. Demonstrating rehabilitation to the satisfaction of a Florida licensing agencies is not a trivial task, and applicants should consult counsel.
The key areas of concern for of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is substance abuse, criminal records, and lack of candor with the boards. The importance of candor cannot be overly emphasized in dealing with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation says Lars Soreide. “The need to be candid in your dealings with your Board, candid with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation can’t be emphasized enough.”
If you receive an administrative complaint it is very important to carefully review such complaint and immediately contact a trained legal professional who regularly deals with Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation licensing issues. You or your attorney should complete the Notice of Defense form and mail it to the agency by Certified Mail -- Return Receipt Requested within 15 days of the mailing date of the Accusation or Statement of Issues. Retain a copy of the Notice of Defense and follow-up to make sure your Notice of Defense is received by the agency. If you don't request a hearing in a timely matter, then you may lose your license. Your professional license is your livelihood and you should take every step to protect it.
The provisions controlling agency action in licensing, disciplinary action, and emergency suspensions or restrictions, including time limits, notice requirements, and the criteria that must be met for emergency licensure actions are codified in Florida Statutes Section 120.60 of the Administrative Procedures Act. Chapter 455, F.S., governs professions regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation; Chapter 456, F.S., applies to the professions regulated by the Department of Health.
For more information on dealing with your respective licensing board governed by the Florida Department of Business and professional regulation or have any professional licensing issues free to contact Lars Soreide, Esq., at (888) 760-6552 or visit http://www.FloridaProfessionalLicense.com
for a free consultation.