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Do You Have to Disclose Your Entire Criminal History When Applying for a Professional License in Florida?

One of the biggest risks you can take when applying for some type of professional licensing in Florida is not disclosing prior convictions. Unfortunately, many professionals must even disclose convictions that have been sealed or expunged. This often applies to applicants looking to obtain employment…

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Complaints Against Florida Attorneys: The General Process

As with all licensed professionals in the Sunshine State, Florida attorneys must adhere to the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar, which establish professional standards and requirements. The Rules also include the procedures for discipline when a complaint is filed against an attorney. Any lawyers who…

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Appealing a Professional License Suspension or Revocation

After receiving a notification that a complaint was levied against you as a professional, your heart sinks and you begin preparing for the formal hearing in front of the Department of Administrative Hearings (DOAH). And, ultimately, the worst-case scenario happens: your professional license is revoked.…

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Deadlines for Reporting of Arrests or Convictions for Licensed Florida Professionals

Millions of Florida employees, contractors and business owners are dependent on their professional licensing to operate within their chosen field of employment. From real estate agents to medical specialists, professionals must adhere to the requirements of a state agency, board, or department in order to…

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Professional Licensees: Understand the Administrative Complaint and Hearing Procedure

You check your office’s mailbox one day, and your heart skips a beat as you read the return address on one of the envelopes; it’s the state agency responsible for overseeing your professional licensing. Your heart sinks as you hurriedly read through the introductory paragraph.…

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Licensure Bars for Insurance Professionals

Around 3 million individuals in the U.S. are employed in the insurance industry in some capacity; many, including insurance agents, adjusters, and administrators, require licensure by one or more state agencies to perform their duties. A detailed application must be filed, and some applicants find…

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Applying for A Professional License with Prior Arrest or Conviction

Purportedly, the U.S. prides itself on giving individuals second chances and a “fresh start” for those who have been found guilty of a crime and subsequently paid their debt to society. The reality is that arrests or convictions can cause issues for those seeking a…

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How Does a Criminal Arrest or Conviction Affect Your Professional License?

Most people who are facing serious criminal charges are worried about significant prison time or having to pay hefty fines. For crimes that are, on its surface, less serious (such as first-time DUI offenses), there are prevailing beliefs that the effects of a conviction will…

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Federal Search and Seizure: When The Government Can Invade Your Privacy

The right to privacy of all citizens in the U.S. is the foundation of many civil liberties. Protection against unreasonable search and seizures is codified in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. A keyword in the amendment is “unreasonable.” Over the years, the law interpreting…

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