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While the possibility of incarceration and being ordered to pay enormous fines can be the biggest concern for many people who have been arrested for alleged crimes, the long-term impact of just having been arrested can cause enormous stress for licensed professionals in certain industries. For these individuals, convictions could potentially spell the end of their careers.
The experienced employment lawyers of Meltzer & Bell, P.A. help hundreds of different professionals, including, but not limited to:
It is critical for all alleged offenders to understand all of the collateral consequences that may result from accepting any type of plea deal.
If you are concerned about how your career or professional license status could be affected by your recent arrest, you should not delay in seeking extremely knowledgeable legal representation. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. represents licensed professionals throughout South Florida, including Jupiter, Boca Raton, Riviera Beach, Wellington, and Delray Beach.
Our Palm Beach County defense attorneys put the needs of our clients first, and we work tirelessly to get the most favorable outcomes to these cases. Call (561) 283-3259 right now to have our firm review your case during a free, confidential consultation.
Under the Ethics in Education Act in Florida Statute § 1012.315, individuals are ineligible for Florida Educator Certification and employment as instructional personnel or school administrators if they have been convicted for misdemeanor offenses relating to battery (when the alleged victim was a minor) or luring or enticing a child. They are also ineligible if they have been convicted for felony offenses relating to any of the following:
The Licensing and Regulation section of the Florida Department of Health (DOH) regulates multiple health practitioners in the Sunshine State. Certain practitioners are subject to one of three different groups of criminal background screenings at initial licensure:
Under Florida Statute § 458.331, health professionals may face denial of their licenses or disciplinary action by their respective boards if they are convicted of any of the following:
Under Florida Statute § 456.0635, the DOH or respective health care boards will refuse to issue or renew a license, certificate, or registration and refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant has been convicted of or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere (no contest) to, regardless of adjudication, the following:
Florida Statute § 455.227(1)(t) states that all certified public accountants (CPAs) are required to report a conviction, finding of guilt, plea, or adjudication to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation within 30 days after the effective date of the conviction, finding of guilt, plea, or adjudication. Additionally, a CPA who is convicted, found guilty of, or enters a plea of nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a crime in any jurisdiction which directly relates to the practice of public accounting or the ability to practice public accounting may face the following disciplinary actions under Florida Statute § 473.323:
There are a wide variety of convictions listed under Florida Statute § 322.61 that may disqualify an individual from operating a commercial motor vehicle. If a driver is convicted of two of the following serious traffic violations or any combination thereof, arising in separate incidents committed in a commercial or noncommercial motor vehicle, within a three-year period, he or she will be disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle for a period of 60 days if such convictions result in the suspension, revocation, or cancellation of his or her commercial driver license (CDL):
A commercial driver who is convicted of three of the violations listed above within a three-year period will be disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle for 120 days. If a commercial driver is convicted of one of the following offenses while operating a commercial or noncommercial motor vehicle, he or she will be disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle for a period of 1 year:
If the commercial driver was transporting hazardous materials at the time of the offense that led to his or her conviction for one of the offenses listed above, then he or she will be disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle for a period of three years. Any commercial driver who is convicted of two violations listed above or who is convicted of using a commercial vehicle in the commission of any felony involving the manufacture, distribution, or dispensing of a controlled substance—including possession with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense a controlled substance—will be permanently disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle.
Additionally, a commercial driver can be disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle if he or she is convicted of or otherwise found to have committed an offense of operating a commercial motor vehicle in violation of federal, state, or local law or regulation pertaining to one of the following offenses at a railroad-highway grade crossing:
Commercial drivers who are convicted of any of the above violations will be punished as follows:
There are many other licensed professions in Florida that have unique consequences for individuals who are convicted of criminal offenses. These include, but are not limited to:
Are you worried about how the criminal charges you are facing could affect your professional license? Make sure that you are working with legal counsel who understands all of the possible consequences of your final plea and will work to get you an outcome that results in the fewest penalties.
Meltzer & Bell, P.A. fights to protect the careers of professionals all over South Florida, including Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Greenacres, Lake Worth, and Royal Palm Beach. You can have our West Palm Beach defense attorneys provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free, confidential consultation as soon as you call (561) 283-3259 today.
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I was charged with a felony and facing the scary thought of losing my job, but thank you Attorney Steven Bell for helping me. Now I’m able to keep my job and take care of my family. I am truly amazed by your service, and you for understanding what I have to deal with. To me I’m very impressed by way you handled my case and was here to listen and make things OK!
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