In order to avoid the most severe penalties from licensing boards, licensees should voluntarily seek out substance abuse treatment. This may take the form of AA/NA meetings or outpatient counseling. For more severe cases, LARA will favorably view a licensee’s participation in the Health Professionals Recovery Program (HPRP). Either way, this is all manageable if an experienced law firm provides assistance.
Knowing Your Rights
You have the right to a competent and effective defense. Often times, professionals allow themselves to be pushed around for fear of losing their license. However, defending yourself from criminal charges is the best way to avoid sanctions from a licensing board.
Even if your case is dismissed, many licensing bodies may still require arrest reports. If your offense involves controlled substances or alcohol, you must address the underlying issues surrounding your arrest.
Hiring a law firm to guide you from arrest to recovery is the most important decision you can make. While you will never be penalized for exercising your rights, neglecting to exercise these rights could mean the end of your professional license.