Professional License Defense

Each year, the State of New York processes hundreds of individual professional license cases through government institutions like the Office of The Professions and the Office of Professional Medical Conduct. Those in violation of state guidelines or convicted of specific kinds of crimes can see their certification suspended, revoked, or their application for certification rejected.

Nurses, doctors, teachers, accountants, and many other kinds of professionals rely on state licensing procedures in order to legally practice. Without them they cannot legally perform the duties that their jobs require, rendering themselves unemployable in the field they possess extensive knowledge and experience in until such a time as they can be reinstated. If they can be reinstated.

Professional License cases involve a thorough examination of the individual in question’s certification or application, as well as their prior professional and criminal history. For any one certification there are myriad ways in which an individual can have their professional or moral fitness brought into question. If they are convicted of a crime or are shown to have violated one or more pillars of their profession’s ethical code, they can easily find themselves in a position to lose their certification or have their application tossed out.

If you are facing or suspect you might face a Professional License Case in the State of New York, it is in the best interest of you and your professional future that you obtain the legal assistance of a qualified Professional License Attorney. Having the right legal help during this long, drawn out process of hearings and appeals can mean the difference between maintaining or surrendering the future of your career.

Attorney for Professional License Defense in New York

The prospect of having your certification suspended, or even worse, revoked can be frightening and discouraging. It can feel like your future is no longer firmly in your grasp, but instead rests on the whims of some state committee made up of members who don’t know you, who can’t know you from just the circumstances of this case. It’s easy to feel hopeless and powerless.

At Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner, we want you to know that the circumstances you find yourself in do not have to determine how your professional future unfolds. Our team of experienced attorneys have the knowledge and dedication to fight for you. We consider it our highest honor and greatest duty to advocate for our clients’ futures, and we pursue our clients’ cases with a relentless work ethic. We will work tirelessly to provide the kind of service your case requires.

If you are facing a Professional License Case in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx, Nassau or Suffolk Counties, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 718-261-5600 for a free consultation.


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Why Do I Need a Professional License Defense Attorney?

Depending on your profession and the allegations in question, the type of situation you will face before one of the certification boards such as the Office of the Professions or the Office of Professional Medical Conduct can vary greatly.

If you are a nurse or other kind of medical professional, an allegation about misconduct or negligence in regard to a patient can have disastrous results for your career. If you have been previously convicted of a crime (felony or misdemeanor), questions about your “moral character” may be raised in regard to your ability to perform your duties as the law sees fit.

If you are an accountant or teacher, an allegation of fraud or personal misconduct can forever sully your professional reputation. Even without having your license suspended or revoked, unrebuked accusations can follow you from place to place and job to job.

Many individuals facing Professional License disputes go at them alone, unaware that an attorney can help them throughout the entire process. Experienced legal counsel can guide you along the way to combatting these allegations.

No matter what you are accused of, or what profession you belong to, qualified legal professionals can help you navigate the muddy and confusing waters of professional license disputes. When your livelihood and professional reputation are at stake, the most important decision you can make is who to entrust your future to. Fearing the outcome is only one of many potential choices made available to you in these circumstances. Confidently facing them in and out of board meetings and hearings is a choice you can make if you hire the right legal aid.


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Potential Outcomes

The potential severity of certain Professional License Dispute outcomes is dependent on multiple factors such as what kind of license you hold, what allegations are being levied against you, and what, if any defense you have to dispute the claims made. Speaking generally in regard to most license disputes, there are a handful of outcomes that are most likely to occur. They are as follows:

  • License Revocation
  • License Suspension
  • License Stayed Suspension
  • License Probation
  • License Application Rejected
  • License Application Accepted
  • License Kept

Going into a Professional License dispute unprepared can bring about devastating consequences for both your personal and professional lives. While most suspensions are eventually lifted, and some licenses that were revoked can be reinstated, the stain that follows you afterwards can make it much more difficult to find steady work.


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Additional Resources

The Office of the Professions – This is a link to the detailed list of information about the process of Professional Misconduct disputes for the Office of the Professions. You can read about the exact system that the Office has designed to handle these kinds of disputes.

New York Regulations on Professional License Dispute – On Westlaw, this link provides the actual New York law regarding hearings for Professional License Disputes. Here you can analyze the strict guidelines that hearing committees must follow, as well as the kinds of evidence that will be used to determine the course of action.


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Aggressive Professional License Defense Attorney in New York City

At Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner, we believe that our clients deserve the best possible legal advocate for their case. Rochelle Berliner is a veteran defense attorney with decades of experience in the New York legal system. She knows the ins and outs of the law, as well as what specific issues to focus on for each kind of case that she encounters.

The attorneys at Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner understand that a lot more is on the line than just a job; your professional future, public reputation, and ability to do what you love are at risk. The legal staff at Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner want to help you defend all of that from harm. If you are facing a Professional License Dispute in the Greater New York City area, please reach out to us at 718-261-5600 in order to begin preparing your defense.

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Rochelle Berliner
Rochelle Berliner

Rochelle Berliner grew up in Queens, NY. She started New York Law School in January 1989 and graduated in June 1991. Immediately after law school, she started working at the New York County District Attorney’s Office, where she stayed for approximately 14 years...

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