New Jersey Defense Lawyer for Criminal Charges Against Licensed Professionals
Skilled Lawyer Represents Nurses and Other Licensed Professionals Facing Criminal Charges in Middlesex County, Mercer County, Union County, Ocean County and Burlington County, NJ
Nurses and other licensed professionals are in a unique position when faced with criminal charges. Your freedom, financial security, and reputation are at risk just like any other criminal defendant. You may also face the prospect of losing your career. Professional licensing boards have the discretion to take action to suspend or revoke your professional license.
At Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio, LLC, I have the experience you need to protect your future and your career. As a former prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer, I understand the criminal process and how to fight the charges against you. I also know what it takes to build a strong defense to help you keep your license.
For some licensed professionals, the real work to protect your future begins after your criminal charges have been resolved. You need a lawyer who understands the full impact that the criminal charge will have on your license. At every turn in your case, I will take those considerations into account to put us in the best position to defend your license before the professional licensing authority.
You have worked hard to get where you are in your career. One simple mistake does not have to erase years of hard work and discipline. Whether you have been arrested for simple possession of marijuana, shoplifting, or domestic violence, I will fight to protect your rights and your career.
Call my office today to learn more about my experience and defense options in your case.
NJ Criminal Charges Against Nurses and Other Licensed Professionals
Licensed professionals often face a two-tiered process when charged with a crime. Usually, they must both defend their rights in New Jersey court and before a licensing board or professional oversight committee. State licensing boards have the authority to impose a number of penalties, which can include:
- Probation, which can impose ongoing requirements or amount to little more than a warning
- Temporary license suspension
- Revocation of your professional license
Even relatively minor criminal charges can have a detrimental impact on your career. Licensing authorities have significant leeway in protecting the integrity of the profession. You might face review before a licensing board even if your case was resolved without conviction—or even prosecution, through pre-trial intervention.
Every profession is different. Nurses, for example, may lose their license if they convicted of a “disqualifying offense”, which include:
- Crimes involving controlled dangerous substances, with the exception of simple possession of marijuana
- Crimes that create a danger to others under NJSA 2C:11 to NJSA 2C:15
- Crimes against the family, children or incompetent individuals under NJSA 2C:24-1
- Certain theft crimes
Nurses stand to lose their license even if the crime had nothing to do with their performance at work. The board may suspend your license even if the crime was not specifically enumerated in the licensing standards. And the reputational damage of criminal conviction can last indefinitely.
I represent professionals licensed in a variety of disciplines, including:
- Nurses, including RNs and LPNs
- Insurance professionals
- Real estate agents
At Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio, LLC, I have a detailed understanding of both the criminal and administrative aspects of the law. I put the full weight of my experience into helping you reach a favorable resolution to protect your career.
Top-Rated NJ Defense Lawyer for Licensed Professionals and Nurses Facing Criminal Charges
The courts report criminal convictions to most licensing boards automatically. As a former prosecutor, I know both sides of the criminal justice system and fight to protect the rights of clients facing criminal charges across New Jersey. When you choose the Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio, LLC, I will:
- Investigate your case to find any evidence needed to support your defense
- Interview witnesses, including character witnesses who can testify on your behalf
- Negotiate with prosecutors behind the scenes to get your charges dropped or reduced if possible
- Advocate for your rights at trial
- Represent you before the board of nursing or professional licensing committee
- If possible, appeal your case if your license has already been suspended or revoked
Certain types of criminal convictions can cost you the career you spent years cultivating. With more than a decade of experience, I know what you are facing and how to frame a case to protect your interests both in criminal court and when you face the licensing board. My number one goal is to get the charges against you dropped or win a not guilty verdict to protect your license.
Are You a Licensed Professional Facing Criminal Charges? Call Today for a Free Case Review
I know that your situation may feel hopeless and out of your control. The bottom line is that you do not really know what you are facing until you speak with an experienced defense lawyer. You do have options and, as an experienced lawyer, I won’t rest until we have explored them all.
At the Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio, LLC, I provide all potential clients with a free case review so that we can talk about what happened and create a plan to move forward with your case. To schedule your free case review, call my office today. You can also fill out this online contact form and I will reach out to you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Charges Against Nurses and Licensed Professionals
It is possible to demonstrate rehabilitation even if you have been convicted of a crime that the health department lists as a disqualifying offense. Factors that will be considered include:
– When you were convicted
– Your age and the amount of time that has elapsed
– Whether the conviction was an isolated incident or part of a pattern
– The nature of the crime, in terms of severity
– The circumstances under which you committed the crime
– Evidence of rehabilitation, such as counseling or drug or alcohol rehab
Lawyers can be expensive—but the cost of an inadequate defense is always much higher. At the Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio, LLC, I price my services reasonably and competitively. I also accept all major credit cards to make it easier for my clients. Additionally, your initial consultation is completely free so that we can discuss options that might work for you.