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Professional License Defense

The laws regulating professions and occupations are complex and the penalties can be life-changing, so the worst thing you can do is ignore a complaint or investigation lodged against you. If there is an investigation against you based on allegations of professional misconduct, you deserve a lawyer who is knowledgeable of the law and will fight to protect your livelihood and future. 

  1. South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation 
  2. LLR Disciplinary Board and Administrative Actions
  3. South Carolina LLR Investigation Legal Representation
  4. Our Experienced Columbia Professional License Defense Lawyers Will Protect You

South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation

License defense attorney advising doctor with case.The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation  (LLR) oversees the licensing, training, regulation, education, and enforcement of over forty professions in the state,  including those listed below: 

  • Accounting 
  • Auctioneering 
  • Chiropractic  
  • Commercial and residential contracting 
  • Dentistry 
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy 
  • Real estate 
  • Social work

The authority of these LLR regulatory boards is far-reaching and can negatively impact your career. All it takes is one complaint about an investigation to be launched, putting your personal and professional reputation and well-being in jeopardy. 

The Jeffcoat Firm treats professional license defense as seriously as our criminal defense cases. We are dedicated to defending hard-working South Carolinians accused of professional misconduct. Contact our Columbia professional license defense lawyers today.

LLR Disciplinary Board and Administrative Actions 

Professional Medical License Defense Attorney in Columbia, South Carolina
Concerned about losing your medical license? Reach out to the Jeffcoat Law Firm today.

Professional license defense can be a lengthy and complex process. You should prepare for a battle that will begin with an investigation. Though the board does not assume automatic guilt whenever a report is filed, there is still some risk of losing a license and the right to practice. Thus, even if the alleged violation is a minor one, the situation needs to be taken seriously.

There are many ways to trigger an LLR disciplinary board investigation and/or administrative actions, but they are often initiated by a complaint. 

Anyone can file a complaint, including those listed below: 

  • Clients
  • Coworkers
  • Employer/employees
  • Family members of patients 
  • Patients
  • Spouse/significant other

The type of complaint made depends on the nature of the situation and your profession. Examples of common allegations include malpractice, incompetence, substandard care, and neglect. 

After a complaint is made, an LLR investigation will follow to attempt to determine whether or not the complaint is substantiated and whether or not disciplinary actions should occur. 

LLR investigations can also result from the following criminal charges:

  • Drug/alcohol misuse (including DUI)
  • Fraud
  • Misrepresentation 
  • Theft 
  • Violent crime 
  • Embezzlement 
  • Domestic violence
Columbia, South Carolina License Defense Attorney
Not sure if you should hire a license defense lawyer? Contact The Michael Jeffcoat Firm today!

Keep in mind that any information shared with an investigator can be used against you, which is why it’s so important to contact a South Carolina license defense attorney before answering any questions. Your lawyer will advise you on whether or not you should speak to the investigator and what type of information you should provide.

Based on the information gathered during the investigative process, the board will decide whether to close the case or move on to a formal disciplinary process that includes a board hearing. If there is enough evidence of malpractice, abuse, or other violation(s), the process will move forward and disciplinary actions are likely to be taken.

Even though you may be found not guilty during the criminal prosecution of these charges, you can still wind up facing disciplinary actions or even losing your professional license.

Disciplinary actions for valid complaints and criminal charges (even when found not guilty) can include the following:

  • Loss of license
  • Probation
  • Public reprimand 
  • Steep fines 
  • Suspension of license 

South Carolina LLR Investigation Legal Representation 

Whether you are a doctor, lawyer, engineer, or other professionals who requires licensing, there are certain actions — such as drug or alcohol misuse, documentation errors, disclosure of information, and conflicts of interest — that virtually guarantee you will be subject to some sort of disciplinary action. 

When it comes to your South Carolina professional license, you need to be aware of the potential procedural or ethical violations. Far too many professionals wait until it is too late to protect their careers. Even if the claim has no merit, the results of an investigation or disciplinary review can be devastating and long-lasting to your personal and professional reputation. With so much at stake, it is essential to work with a professional license defense attorney when trying to protect your career. 

Hiring a lawyer is one of the most important decisions you’ll make during this process. The moment you find yourself under investigation by an SC LLR, you need to contact our professional license defense attorneys at The Jeffcoat Firm for a free and confidential consultation to discuss how we can protect your rights. You can read what some of our happy clients had to say on our testimonials page.

Our Experienced Columbia Professional License Defense Lawyers Will Protect You 

When people are facing an LLR investigation in South Carolina, they often assume the situation is hopeless; it’s not. You don’t have to deal with these kinds of charges on your own. 

Our attorneys at The Jeffcoat Firm will do everything in their power to resolve your situation with the most beneficial outcome. You may think your charges are not serious, but the consequences of even a misdemeanor conviction can negatively affect the rest of your life. You need a criminal defense attorney that won’t quit fighting for your liberties and your long-term future.

The Jeffcoat Firm attorneys are always available, meaning you won’t waste any time waiting for a reply. Your initial consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose by contacting us.

DISCLAIMER: Every case is different. You should not believe your case will get the same result.

Jeremy Nason

I was arrested for a DUI in Kershaw County SC. I immediately hired the Jeffcoat law firm specifically Mr. Bell. Due to his specific knowledge and his professionalism he found that the charges where not correct. All charges where dismissed. I would recommend Mr bell 100 times over.

G. C.

There aren’t proper words to describe the talents, professionalism, responsiveness, or reassurances of Taylor Bell. He answered my first call to him while doing yard work … on a weekend… to assure me that he could and would help me with my case. And he did. His knowledge, expertise, and calm but straight forward approach to me personally and my issue most importantly will NEVER be forgotten. This man, and the entire staff at the Jeffcoat Firm, are an asset to the community needing legal representation at large. There aren’t enough stars to rate what I thought about their professionalism, rapid response, great communication, and their successful defense of me in court. If you’re looking for a fair, honest, pleasant, intelligent, and talented attorney, I urge you to look no further than Taylor Bell and the team at The Jeffcoat Law Firm. They quite literally saved my career and my life!!!

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The Jeffcoat Firm went above and beyond for my case! The staff and assigned attorney Taylor Bell were not only instrumental in the success of my case, but kept me well-informed of the court process and proceedings throughout the duration [of the case] so that I was cognizant of what was occurring. Their knowledge, talent, and implementation of the law is truly awe-inspiring! I cannot recommend a better firm that will have your overall best interest and well-being not only as a client, but as a person. They genuinely desire seeing [the client] succeed.

Troy Palmer

I was charged with a dui in July 2021. Immediately called the jeffcoat firm, right out the gate they where understanding, compassionate, and extremely friendly, the entire staff! Tayler Bell took my case got it dropped to a reckless driving charge, dui dropped! He gave me his personal cell and would call me keeping me updated on the case. Because I didn’t blow in the breathalyzer that was automatically 6 month license suspension. Even tho the criminal part is over he’s still fighting that. He works for you! Period! Great people, great staff, if you need a lawyer don’t hesitate to call these guys you won’t regret it!

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The Jeffcoat Firm helped me in an honest, professional way throughout my time with them. I am appreciative of all of their hard work and dedication to their craft.

Troy Palmer

I was charged with a dui in July 2021. Immediately called the jeffcoat firm, right out the gate they where understanding, compassionate, and extremely friendly, the entire staff! Tayler Bell took my case got it dropped to a reckless driving charge, dui dropped! He gave me his personal cell and would call me keeping me updated on the case. Because I didn’t blow in the breathalyzer that was automatically 6 month license suspension. Even tho the criminal part is over he’s still fighting that. He works for you! Period! Great people, great staff, if you need a lawyer don’t hesitate to call these guys you won’t regret it!

Eve Sparger
I found Jeffcoat firm while searching through The computer looking for someone to represent me. I had had an incident with the South Carolina state board of nursing several years ago and then it reared its ugly head again five years later, this is when I obtain legal advice.

I hired the Jeffcoat firm after meeting with them on a Saturday which I thought was exceptionally nice to meet me and they are based in Columbia South Carolina.
Everything turned out OK and I had no fear that this law firm would get the job done and I certainly would hire them again should the need ever arise.

Pedro Cahua

The JeffCoat Law firm is the go to place to have all your legal needs answered. They’re quick to respond and the whole team are nothing but professionals. Mr. Taylor Bell helped me so much with me case and has the accolades to prove why he is the best lawyer in South Carolina. If I have anymore legal troubles (I hope not) the JeffCoat law firm will be the first number I will call! I highly recommend!

Every case is different. You should not believe your case will get the same result.

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