Kansas and Missouri Professional Licensing Attorney Danielle Sanger Explains How Discipline Can Follow You for Life

As a licensed professional, you have the ability to achieve great mobility. You can practice in multiple states at once or move from state to state based on where you are licensed. That tremendous freedom can be cut short, however, by allegations of misconduct. When allegations of misconduct arise, simply abandoning a license in one state with a plan to rely on a license held in another is not a viable plan. Resolving those issues can mean the difference between practicing in the state of your desire and being unemployed.  Retaining a highly qualified professional licensing attorney can be that difference.

Often a client will have a license in a state, say New York, and have a licensure problem. Licensure problems should not be a source of shame, as some arise from fans accusations while others arise from simple human error. Whether due to embarrassment, ignorance of the discipline process, or a feeling of not wanting to be bothered by dealing with the allegations, they give up the license or let it lapse and move to a new state and renew their professional life there.

As a professional licensing attorney, Ms. Sanger often has the unfortunate task of telling clients that licenses can follow them forever, even if they have lapsed elsewhere. The granting state continues to have professional jurisdiction over those they license, even those no longer practicing in the state. Continuing to have professional jurisdiction means that those states continue to have the ability to discipline you, even for misconduct occurring out of state. That ability does not end and follows licensees throughout their career.

Lapsed licenses in other states are an issue because of a concept called “reciprocal discipline” which means that discipline in one state follows the licensee to whatever other state they are licensed in. If you are disciplined in one state, that is usually a violation of the professional code in any other state you are licensed in. This problem is not solved by time—it does not matter that the conduct in question was proven or that it occurred a decade before.

Unfortunately, too many people choose to bury their head in the sand and pretend these problems do not exist. These poorly informed people hope that their licensure problems will go away simply by not bringing it up on the application the next time they apply for licensure. This is a major mistake, as failure to disclose past licensure issues is itself a violation of most states. This compounds licensees’ problems, as they basically infected their new license with problems from their old one.

Problems involving your license, whether they occurred a decade ago, occurred here in Kansas or Missouri, or occurred in your home state pose a problem for you now. Cleaning of those old problems and dealing with the problems surrounding your old license is the first step. Fixing any problems with your current or active licensure is the next step. These are not tasks for you to take on alone. Seemingly innocuous statements you make can be used against you.  You need a skilled licensing attorney by your side to protect your career, livelihood, and future.

Call Kansas and Missouri Professional Licensing Attorney today at (785)-979-4353 to protect your professional license. Attorney Danielle Sanger is an experienced Kansas and Missouri licensing attorney and has the experience to both resolve your lingering licensure issues and walk you through your current licensing process. She has the experience to deal with licensing bodies, appear before administrative boards, and provide clients with the advice to best position themselves professionally.