By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
A professional license is like your personal Alamo. It’s your livelihood and must be defended at all costs.
Any criminal charge must be evaluated to gauge it’s impact on your ability to either attain or maintain a professional license. In some instances losing a license because of a criminal record is automatic and in other instances it may simply open the door to a licensing board to taking action.
This intersection of law is between traditional criminal law and administrative law as criminal courts don’t directly weigh-in on licenses such as medical licenses, CPA licenses, or engineering licenses. Those decisions are made by different bodies.
Texas Occupations Code Chapter 53 governs the consequences of criminal records on certain professional licenses. It’s structure demonstrates the complex and layered approach the legislature intended in situations when dealing with certain crimes as…
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