Can a Pending Court Case Get You Fired?

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Nov 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

Licensed professionals put huge resources into their careers. Whether you have a medical license, a law license, or maybe your license has something to do with child development services, you don't want to do anything that may jeopardize your job or your license once you have it.

Unfortunately, circumstances can arrive that put your professional career at risk. What if you get a DUI, for example? Or what if your spouse accuses you of domestic violence? What if you're accused of white-collar crimes by clients or business associates? What if a student accuses you of sexual assault? If you're charged with a crime, and there's a pending case against you, you need to know your job is at risk even before the verdict is rendered.

Termination After Arrest for Failure to Disclose

People are arrested all the time for any number of suspected violations. Often, the charges related to the arrest are later dropped, but there's a possibility the charges will still impact your current and future employment opportunities. Many employers require disclosure of criminal charges when they occur. Failure to disclose information pertaining to your arrest could be grounds for termination on its own. This might be particularly true if you work in childcare or some other industry where your professional license puts you in proximity to vulnerable populations.

Even if you do disclose the arrest, there may be some instances where your job will fire you because the nature of the crime relates too closely to the nature of your job. For example, a pharmacist accused of selling drugs illegally will be highly scrutinized.

Termination After Arrest for Suspension of Professional License

If you're accused of criminal charges, you might lose your professional license or have it suspended while the case is pending. Once the case is resolved, your licensing board may reinstate your license, but it could be too late for your job. If your job requires you to be licensed, then your position will be at risk if the licensing board suspends your license while a case is pending against you. Most licensing boards will also implement their own investigation into whether your license should remain in good standing or not, and the board could decide to revoke your license even if the court case is resolved in your favor.

Hire a Professional License Defense Attorney

When your career is at risk because your professional license or your job is in jeopardy, call an experienced professional license defense attorney before it's too late. Attorney Joseph D. Lento and his team have superior experience helping individuals defend their professional licenses in NJ and NY. To learn how the Lento Law Firm can help you, call 888-535-3686 today, or contact us online.

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