At certain times in their careers, professionals sometimes face an investigation or complaint against them by an Arizona licensing or regulatory agency or board. This can result from an arrest, allegation of misconduct, or a complaint by a customer, patient, or consumer. If you find yourself at just such a cross roads in your career, the attorneys at Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC can help.
We represent clients before the Arizona State Board of Education, Arizona State Board of Nursing, Arizona Medical Board, Arizona State Board of Pharmacy, Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board, and any other professional certifying or licensing board in the State.
Reporting Criminal Charges
Arizona statutes requires that a “health professional” who is charged with a felony or a misdemeanor “that may affect patient health or safety” is required to report the charge to their licensing or regulatory board within ten working days of being charged. A.R.S. § 32-3208. Many times, professionals do not realize they have a duty to report either because of the trauma of being charged with a criminal offense or confusion over whether their specific charge must be reported. This is further complicated because many agencies or boards have their own list of crimes which they believe “affect patient health or safety” which is not shared by other boards or agencies.
Some criminal defense attorneys do not realize that their client must report their charge to a regulatory board. This is problematic because A.R.S. § 32-3208(D) states failure to report a required charge is itself an act of “unprofessional conduct” which can be additional grounds for disciplinary action. This is why consulting with an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in professional licensing defense is critically important at the early state of a case. The criminal defense attorneys at Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC have worked with or represented client before numerous licensed boards and regulatory agencies, and are able to provide the type of representation licensed professionals need.
A global resolution.
When a licensed professional is charged with a crime, they often face prosecution in the criminal court system and discipline before their licensing board or agency. Representation in each forum requires individualized knowledge, but the outcome in one forum can affect the result in the other. This is why individuals facing criminal charges and professional licensing discipline based on the same conduct need an attorney who is knowledgeable of both processes and can work for a resolution that is advantageous in both the criminal court and licensing board or agency. The attorneys at Lane, Hupp, and Crowley, PLC can provide this type of service and will provide global representation that is insightful and cost effective.