Are You a Professional Charged With a Crime?

Our New Orleans License Defense Attorney Can Mitigate Liability Risks

You work hard to establish your career and reputation. Unfortunately, even allegations of a crime can result in serious consequences to your professional reputation and future. For example, in most professions, if you fail to report an allegation, then you can have your license revoked. Therefore, you face your life being not only interrupted, but entirely dismantled. If you are concerned about protecting your livelihood, then our Louisiana criminal defense attorney can help. For years we have helped licensed professionals prepare their reports and help mitigate liability.

At Martzell, Bickford & Centola, we pride ourselves in protecting the rights of professionals charged with a variety of criminal allegations. Our New Orleans license defense attorney is prepared to help you avoid liability issues and maintain your reputation. We believe hard working people who find themselves in difficult situations deserve to protect their profession and livelihood. Our firm knows that even a low level offense can leave a long lasting impact on your professional record. Since 1971, we have defended nurses, drivers and other licensed professionals accused of crimes. Ultimately, we believe the allegations against you should not define you for the rest of your life.

Is a Criminal Conviction Grounds to Revoke My License?

Depending on your profession and the nature of the crime, you can have your professional license revoked. Certain professions have organizations that oversee their practice. For example, the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) handles claims that deal with disciplinary actions. A patient, family member or coworker can bring a claim against you that can interrupt your life and profession. The action taken against someone facing allegations can be different depending on both the profession and the nature of the crime.

In general, you can have your professional license revoked in Louisiana for crimes involving:

  • Fraud: Depending on the nature of the fraudulent act, you can have your license revoked. For example, if you are found to be embezzling money, laundering money or misrepresenting your taxes, then you may face disciplinary action.
  • Drug Crimes: Drug offenses are serious in Louisiana. Even commonly used drugs like Marijuana are considered a schedule I drug, meaning that you can face severe penalties and/or jail time.
  • DWI Offenses: You will be charged with a DWI if you are pulled over and your blood alcohol level is .08 or higher while operating a vehicle. These charges can bring serious consequences to licensed drivers. Depending on your profession, you can face disciplinary actions that can include a revoked license.

Can I Reinstate My License in Louisiana?

Your ability to reinstate your license depends on a few factors, most of them involving liability. For example, if you are a licensed truck driver in Louisiana, you have a duty to report driving related criminal actions. If you fail to follow the proper steps, you can lose the ability to reinstate your professional Louisiana license. If your teaching, nursing or other professional career is on the line, be mindful of the factors that can affect your license being reinstated, some involving:

  • Reporting the allegations of your crime. This is known as a mandatory duty to report and may be a necessary factor with your employer. You should look over your employee policies to see if this is the case. However, in most cases for licensed professionals, you must report any and all instances of a crime. For more help on how to appropriate report these allegations so they mitigate risk and damages, contact an experienced New Orleans license defense attorney.
  • Consultations: The allegations against you can create a grey area around the eligibility of your license. For this reason, you should make sure to talk with experts and other professionals at work to get their point of view.
  • Diversion Programs: Usually, pretrial measures and diversion programs can help strengthen your case. However, with some licensed professions, this can work against you. Since each case is unique, it is in your best interest to contact an attorney to have the details examined.

Questions? Call Our New Orleans License Defense Attorney Now for a Free Consultation

Are you a professional arrested for a crime? Alternatively, are allegations of a crime causing disruptions at the workplace? Do you have concerns about your professional duty and personal liability while dealing with criminal allegations? Without a New Orleans license defense attorney, you can face serious debilitating effects to your reputation. You might have your license revoked or be prohibited from working in your profession for a set amount of time, or potentially forever. If you are worried about your future and reputation, contact our New Orleans license defense lawyer today. 

At Martzell, Bickford & Centola, we believe that licensed professionals deserve to protect their years of work. Our firm knows that sometimes good hardworking people find themselves in unfair situations. As a result, we focus on legal options that protect your best interests and avoid liability disputes. Contact us online or call our Louisiana law firm at (504) 581-9065 to schedule a free consultation.

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