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Professional License Holders: Protecting Your Practice

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. There are, however, 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 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.

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