A criminal conviction can entail a variety of life-altering consequences. Many of these are directly imposed by the judge as a result of the conviction, such as incarceration, fines, or probation. However, there are additional civil penalties which are not part of the direct consequences, but flow naturally as a result of a conviction. These are referred to as collateral consequences.
Depending on your profession, the governing administrative body may mandate certain collateral consequences following a criminal conviction. This is especially true of Florida professional license holders, who have various reporting obligations to their licensing agencies. The penalty for failing to meet these reporting obligations can be worse than the penalty for the conviction itself. Furthermore, while many collateral consequences arise at the conclusion of the case, reporting obligations can often be triggered by a mere criminal accusation, long before a conviction or resolution. Professional license holders are presumed to know this information, and ignorance of the law is not a defense in the eyes of the governing administrative bodies.
It is therefore essential that Florida occupational license holders retain an experienced criminal defense attorney who can handle the criminal charge as well as any administrative follow up. At Delgado & Romanik, we have years of combined experience representing professional license holders, including but not limited to:
From the time you've spent learning and building your practice, to the costs associated with each, you have put significant work towards building your career. Don’t let that effort go to waste because of a mistake or momentary lapse in judgment.
As a professional courtesy, we at Delgado & Romanik have prepared a complementary overview of applicable law regarding the consequences of a criminal conviction for doctors, nurses, real estate licensees, and pilots. This overview outlines the steps each of these professional license holders must take following a criminal accusation or conviction.
In addition to representation for your criminal charge, you may need separate representation at an administrative law proceeding regarding the status of your professional license. Our criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience representing and advising professional license holders in their criminal matters and administrative proceedings, including hearings before professional licensing boards. If you need legal assistance or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us to see how we may assist you. You can reach our office anytime at 386.222.6677.