Licensing and the law
A prime example of administrative law matters that can have a significant impact on a person’s life is licensing. The state of California issues business and professional licenses and must adhere to certain standards in deciding to grant, deny or take away a license. Although you do not have a legal right to have a business or professional license, the government must still comply with the law. This means fairly and impartially deciding to approve or deny a license application and providing due process to a person or business whose license may be revoked.
Different types of licenses in California
Licenses are required to work in many different professions. Doctors, lawyers, real estate agents and foster parents are all required to be licensed by the state and/or a professional board. Daycares, restaurants and other businesses might also be required to be licensed by the state. If a person or a business is denied a license or if a licensing agency seeks to revoke a license, then they risk losing their ability to work or to run their business. An experienced administrative law attorney can represent an individual or a business regarding licensing issues and might be able to appeal the denial of a license or defend an existing license.
Revoking a license
In order to revoke a business or professional license, the licensing agency must give the person or entity holding the license notice of the potential revocation and the opportunity to be heard. This usually occurs at a hearing where the license holder can present evidence and make arguments to attempt to keep his or her license. Thomas Chapin is seasoned at defending his clients’ professional and business licenses and has a proven track record of success in this realm.
In many cases, a license revocation is related to a separate criminal case. For example, a doctor who has been charged with a DUI may be facing discipline or the potential revocation of his or her license before the state medical board. In those situations, the Law Offices of Thomas R. Chapin can represent clients in both the administrative and criminal cases. A global strategic approach to both matters can help to resolve the case in a more favorable and cost-efficient manner.