The Michael Jeffcoat Firm is dedicated to defending hard-working South Carolinians who are accused of professional misconduct. We treat professional license defense as seriously as our criminal defense cases because an LLR investigation puts your livelihood, reputation, and emotional well-being in jeopardy. There are over forty professions regulated by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (LLR).
If there is an investigation against you based on allegations of professional misconduct, you deserve a lawyer who is knowledgeable on the law and will fight to protect your future. The laws regulating professions and occupations are complex and the penalties can be life changing. A complaint and/or an investigation against you can result in severe consequences, so the worst thing you can do is ignore this problem.
If a complaint has been filed against you, contact our professional license defense attorneys immediately for a free and confidential consultation to discuss how we can protect your rights. Hiring a lawyer is one of the most important decisions you will make during this process, please review our qualifications and experience to see how we can help.
South Carolina Licensing Boards Legal Representation
The South Carolina Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation (LLR) regulates over forty different professions. This means that there are several different professional licensing boards that you may encounter in the course of your career, depending on the nature of your field. For example, you may face the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners, Board of Nursing, Board of Accountancy, Board of Dentistry, Board of Education, Commission on Lawyer Conduct, or another.
Your professional reputation, your license, and your whole career and way of life could be at risk if you must defend your right to obtain or hold that license. Even if the claim has no merit, the results of an investigation or disciplinary review can be devastating and long lasting in terms of your reputation and career. It is important to contact a professional license defense attorney if you ever face this situation. There are many mistakes that you should avoid and bits of advice that you should take with adequate legal representation from an experienced lawyer in South Carolina professional license cases.
Administrative Actions and LLR Disciplinary Board
There are many ways to initiate an LLR Disciplinary board and administrative actions. Anyone can file a complaint:
- Family Members of Patients
- Spouse/Significant Other
Which sort of complaint is made will depend on the nature of the situation and the profession. Examples of common allegations include malpractice, incompetence, substandard care, and neglect.
Disciplinary actions resulting from criminal charges:
- Drug/Alcohol Use
- Violent Crime
- Domestic Violence
Even though you may not be found guilty during criminal prosecution of these charges, you can still wind up facing disciplinary actions. For example, you may end up losing your professional license, even if you are truly innocent of the crime, and even if you are found not guilty at a criminal trial.
Disciplinary actions for criminal charges (even when found not guilty):
- Public reprimand
- Loss of License
- Suspension of License
- Steep Fines
- Public Reprimand
Protect Your Professional License
When it comes to your professional license, you need to be aware of the potential violations. They may be procedural or ethical, and anybody can initiate a complaint. An investigation will follow with the professional board’s investigators, who will attempt to determine whether or not the complaint is substantiated and whether or not disciplinary actions should occur.
The job of your professional license defense attorney will be to assist in guiding that investigation and to advocate on behalf of protecting your professional license. Further, if you are considering taking some sort of action, but aren’t sure if it constitutes a violation, we can help to determine this.
Whether you are a doctor, a lawyer, a professional engineer, or of some other profession that requires professional licensing, there are certain actions which will virtually guarantee some sort of disciplinary action in response. It is surprising how many professionals are struggling with drugs or alcohol, and if this impacts your profession, a licensing board is likely to step in. You can also be disciplined for things like documentation errors, disclosure of information, conflicts of interest, and much more. Thus, it is essential to work with a professional when trying to protect your career.
Many professional and occupational licensing boards are regulated by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (1984). These boards are designed to regulate various professions:
- Real Estate
- Commercial and Residential Contracting
- Social Work
The authority of these boards is far reaching and it can permanently negatively impact your career. All it takes is one complaint to be initiated, and your professional life can be ruined.
Seek Free License Defense Consultation with The Michael Jeffcoat Law Firm
Far too many professionals wait until it is too late to do much to protect their careers. The moment that you find yourself being contacted by an investigator from LLR, you need to contact The Michael Jeffcoat Law Firm for a free consultation of your legal rights in Columbus, South Carolina.
One of the mildest disciplinary actions that may be taken is the public reprimand, and this is enough to destroy your reputation. You may lose clients and all of your existing and future work opportunities. Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate the charges and complaints, create strategies for an aggressive defense, and strive to protect your license and your career.
We have the experience necessary to represent you in front of the South Carolina Labor, Licensing, and Regulation Boards, so contact us today for your free consultation.