By Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
All licenses are important when you think about it. It is special permission to do something not everyone else can do. It could be practicing medicine, driving, or simply possessing a concealed weapon. Licenses are tickets to livelihoods and they often represent our firewall or Alamo which we’ll have to defend at all costs.
This is a complex question which is obviously going to be case specific in every event. Each and every license is different and has different triggers to what jeopardizes it. A DWI is obviously extremely bad news for a pilot. Drug possession can be very damaging for doctors or nurses. Intent or fraud crimes can cause a lawyer to lose their license.
Here’s what I can say about protecting a license — we use the “carpenter’s rule.” That is we “measure twice and cut once.”
Generally speaking licensing agencies tend to be very thorough which is typically good for our clients. That’s not a misprint. It’s good for our clients because the truth typically works. Some agencies will draw a hard line in the sand when it comes to criminal cases or guilty pleas but most want to hear the full story… and that gives us the opportunity to show them our situation isn’t as bad as they think.
*Jeremy Rosenthal is an Attorney Licensed to Practice in Texas. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Nothing in this article is intended to be legal advice.