There are a number of different categories of professional licenses that fall under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Many of these professions have their own boards, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, real estate agents, dentists, psychologists, and more. Any individual who is required to apply for a professional license in order to work in their profession is also required to adhere to all the rules and regulations the IDFPR has put in place.
When an allegation or complaint is made against a professional license holder, the IDFPR will initiate an investigation to determine if the complaint is a legitimate one and, if it is, if action should be taken against the individual’s license. That action can include probation, suspension, or even complete revocation. Given the potential consequences of an investigation, anyone who has been informed they are under investigation should contact a professional license defense attorney immediately.
The following are some of the reasons why you should contact Williams & Nickl, LLC if you have been notified by the IDFPR that you are under investigation.
Your Attorney Will Be the Buffer Between You and the Investigator
One of the worst things a professional who is being investigated can do is to speak to the investigator without their attorney present. Even if the allegations or complaints against you have no merit at all, you should always have an attorney with you. Investigators are trained to ask questions in such a way that can trip someone up and navigate the conversation to get the person to say things in a way that can be twisted into the narrative the investigator wants it to fit into – which is not necessarily the truth.
Your Attorney Is Experienced in Handling the Details
In any investigation, it is the details that lead to the evidence needed to prove your side of the story. Most people without any legal background often do not realize which details can actually make or break a case, providing the evidence that can show the allegations are false. A professional license defense attorney not only has the legal training to uncover details and evidence, but they also have the experience in knowing how to use that information to defend their clients.
Your Illinois License Defense Attorney Can Help Save Your License and Professional Future
Actions taken against a professional’s license can end up having a significant impact on that professional’s future career and financial security. Without an active license, you will be unable to practice and earn a living. Even if the loss of license is only a temporary one, that loss can wreak havoc on your professional reputation, becoming part of your permanent record.
Do not try to fight these allegations on your own. Call Williams & Nickl, LLC at 312-335-9470 to schedule a free and confidential consultation with one of our Chicago professional license defense attorneys.