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Domestic Violence and Professional License Defense Lawyer

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Criminal Defense Attorney for Defending Professionals Against Domestic Violence Charges in Palo Alto, Los Gatos, and Santa Clara County

A domestic violence conviction or charge can negatively impact several areas of your life, including your professional life. Mere allegations of abuse can have severe consequences for your licensed profession. Some of the professionals we defend from domestic violence charges include:

  • Doctors
  • Public school teachers
  • Counselors
  • Lawyers
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists

If you are professional who is facing a domestic violence charge, contact our domestic violence lawyer at the Law Offices of Erik Steven Johnson. Do not allow a conviction of domestic violence to damage your professional career. Contact our dedicated and experienced attorney today.

Domestic Violence and Your Professional License

Licensed professionals who are charged with domestic violence or convicted of domestic violence face numerous repercussions for their professional life such as:

  • Your professional license can be revoked or suspended if you are convicted of domestic violence. However, the licensing board will have to determine if your crime is substantially related to your licensed profession (Business and Professions Code section 490(a)). Therefore, public school educators or counselors may be more at risk of losing their license for a domestic violence offense as compared to professionals in other fields.
  • If you are pursuing a license, a background check may reveal that you were convicted of domestic violence. The licensing board can deny your license if you were convicted of a crime (Business and Professions Code section 480(a)). Subdivision (2) of Business and Professions Code section 480 states that individuals can also have their applications for a license denied if they committed any act intended to injure someone. If you are convicted of physically abusing a family member, then your license may be revoked.
  • Even if your license is not revoked, your professional reputation is damaged by a conviction of domestic violence. You may find that you receive fewer clients or your employer terminates you as a result of the conviction.

These consequences can significantly hurt your livelihood. Therefore, it is best to aggressively defend yourself against a criminal charge before it becomes a conviction. Many licensing boards view crimes like domestic violence as moral offenses. They believe that such crimes shed light on a person's moral character and ability to make good judgments.

If the licensing board denied or suspended your license, you can request a hearing which is managed by California's Office of Administrative Hearings. The hearing will be conducted in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, which sets standards and rule making procedures for California state agencies. At your hearing, you can make statements about your case. You have the option to represent yourself or have an attorney represent you.

Dedicated Domestic Violence Lawyer in Sunnyvale CA

A domestic violence conviction can end your career. Even mere allegations of abuse, if not addressed properly, can hurt your professional life. Our skilled criminal defense lawyer at the Law Offices of Erik Steven Johnson will aggressively defend you against any domestic violence charge. Do not allow allegations of abuse to negatively affect your career. To schedule your free consultation, call us at 408-246-3004 or contact us online. We serve clients in Mountain View, Los Gatos, Campbell, and Saratoga.

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