The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) governs licensing and disciplinary proceedings for about 30 professions in the state. In the context of discipline, the IDFPR can commence proceedings against a licensee for a variety of reasons. Here are just a few:
- Deviations from accepted standards of care.
- Felony convictions or convictions for crimes involving dishonesty and deceit.
- Failure to comply with continuing education requirements.
- Defaulting on student loans.
The Right to a Professional License Defense Attorney Chicago
IDFPR disciplinary proceedings against a licensee are preceded by a complaint and investigation. The licensee is contacted in writing by an IDFPR investigator who will ask the licensee to contact him or her. Assuming that the licensee wants to keep their license, the letter regarding the investigation shouldn’t be ignored. Upon the licensee’s receipt of the investigation letter, the right to an attorney is triggered. If a licensee received a letter notifying him or her of an investigation, it is strongly recommended that the matter not be discussed with anybody. Legal counsel should be retained to represent the licensee immediately.
The Right to An Attorney Remains
Upon completion of the investigation of the complaint, the findings are forwarded to a prosecutor who will review them and make a decision on whether to bring proceedings against the licensee. The right to an attorney remains throughout any disciplinary proceedings.
The consequences of a disciplinary decision can be economically devastating. You could lose everything that you’ve worked for. The last thing that you want to do is to approach an investigation and disciplinary proceedings without the benefit of an experienced professional license defense attorney Chicago. If you’ve been notified of an investigation, or if you are subject to forthcoming disciplinary proceedings, contact the Zimmerman Law Offices to arrange for a consultation and case review with a knowledgeable and experienced professional license defense attorney Chicago. You can phone us at 312-440-0020, or you can use our online contact form.