How Can Misdemeanor and Felony Charges Impact a Professional License or Certification?

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If you need to get a professional license or certification for work, having charges on your record could compromise your status. The type of charge and whether it resulted in a conviction and the license or certification you hold all affect the final result. So, if you have a misdemeanor or felony charge, you need legal counsel to determine your course of action and how the charge will impact your professional life.

Do All Misdemeanor or Felony Charges Impact Licensure?

Not all charges impact whether you keep or get a professional license. Whether you are convicted of a crime may determine your professional standing, in some instances. For example, a conviction of a serious felony or one that requires registration with the state, as with some types of sex crimes. Another type of crime that could cause a loss of license is one related to the duties or qualifications of the job and results in a conviction.

However, for some positions and licenses, the type of crime does not matter. For instance, for the following groups, denial of a license can happen for conviction of any crime:

  • California Horse Racing Board
  • Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
  • State Athletic Commission

Can You Lose a Professional License or Certification from an Arrest?

Generally, only being arrested should not impact your professional status, under the Business and Professions Code. For instance, when an arrest leads to anything other than a conviction, you should be able to keep your license.

Always consult with a lawyer after an arrest because every case is different.

Convictions and Rehabilitation

Even if you receive a conviction of a crime, you may still be able to get your license if you fulfill the requirements for a certificate of rehabilitation for a felony. Those convicted of a misdemeanor must meet the licensing agency’s guidelines to show rehabilitation for those types of convictions. Those who meet these requirements may still be able to get a professional license after a conviction.

Get Legal Help from the Law Office of Steven K. Bloom If You Have a Felony or Misdemeanor Charge

If you have a professional license that is possibly in jeopardy due to a felony or misdemeanor charges, get legal help now. Reach out to the Law Office of Steven K. Bloom for a free consultation on your case. With a deep knowledge of California law and a long history of helping defendants, he has the resources to provide you with valuable legal counsel.




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