Licensing boards are authorized to investigate your license based on complaints received by them (from clients, customers and other third parties). A California licensing board investigation may result in the filing of a formal Accusation, or in the issuance of a citation and fine. License Accusations and citations automatically become part of a licensee’s record and is public information that may be disclosed as part of the online information that licensing agencies collect in their databases and post on their websites.
If you are notified that your CA license is under investigation, you will receive an investigative inquiry notice. It is important to take proactive steps in protecting your license by retaining the services of a licensing attorney at this stage so that you can appropriately respond to such an inquiry. A carefully constructed response to an investigative inquiry can avoid the issuance of an Accusation or Citation. You should not attempt to represent yourself during a license investigation since you may unwittingly disclose information which will not help the defense of your license. An experienced licensing lawyer can also ensure that you do not inadvertently incriminate yourself or take a position that later becomes part of the investigative record, and negatively impacts your license defense in subsequent licensing agency proceedings.
Lucy S. McAllister has represented licensees from multiple professional classes helped them successfully defend their licenses beginning with license investigations. She is an experienced administrative law attorney skilled in managing through the legal process, preparing responses to inquiries and representing clients in administrative hearings.
If you have received notice of a licensing board investigation of your California professional license, contact the law offices of Lucy McAllister immediately.