Is Your Professional License at Risk? What About Your Reputation?

August 27, 2021
The Law Firm of J.W. Stafford

Magnifying glass and reputation

Whether you are a doctor, a lawyer, or any other professional that holds a license issued by the State of Maryland, the last thing you want to deal with is a complaint to the licensing board. Even if you believe the complaint is frivolous or without basis, ignoring the complaint could carry serious consequences. If you have received notice of a hearing or are under investigation, a Maryland employment attorney can provide you with valuable guidance and represent you in the proceedings. 

The Potential Consequences You Face

Most professionals understand that their license could be suspended or even revoked if they engage in serious unethical behavior or commit a serious crime. However, there is a broad spectrum of potential consequences you could face in addition to suspension or revocation that you may not be aware of: 

  • A reprimand or admonishment
  • Mandatory education or counseling
  • Drug or alcohol testing or treatment
  • License probation

While these consequences may not be as serious as a suspension or revocation, you should not take them lightly. Even a warning can do damage to your professional reputation. Therefore, if you are facing any sort of disciplinary proceedings, we recommend that you contact a Maryland employment attorney to discuss your options. 

Consider Your Reputation

Depending on your profession and the nature of the complaint, the outcome of your case could be public record. For example, a formal reprimand may be made public, meaning that future potential clients could find the reprimand with a simple internet search. Complaints concerning alcohol or drug abuse could be similarly damaging. If the outcome of the proceedings is public, the damage to your reputation could last far longer than the term of your suspension or probation. 

A Maryland employment attorney with experience in professional license defense can help you understand the potential consequences you are facing. From there, you can work together to formulate the best possible strategy that will hopefully result in you being exonerated. If not, your attorney may be able to reach an outcome that minimizes the damage to your reputation. 

How a Maryland Employment Attorney Can Help

Your lawyer can do more than just represent you in a formal hearing. Your lawyer can help you in the following ways: 

  • They can review, investigate, and respond to the complaint
  • They can determine which records or other documents you will need to turn over
  • They can evaluate the case against you and gather the evidence in your favor
  • They can meet with board investigators

In short, a Maryland employment attorney with experience in handling professional license defense can handle every aspect of your case so that you can continue to focus on your practice. 

Contact Maryland Employment Attorney J.W. Stafford Today

If you are facing disciplinary proceedings, your ability to earn a living could be at stake – don’t assume that everything will work itself out. Maryland employment attorney J.W. Stafford represents all types of licensed professionals in Baltimore and across Maryland. To schedule a consultation to discuss your case, contact us online or call us today at 410-514-6099.