Facing Professional License Suspension in Rhode Island

A professional license is proof of competency, education, and training. Though the license itself may cost only a few hundred dollars, the time and effort that went into pursuing licensure far exceeds any monetary value. The loss of one's professional license can have a devastating impact on someone's life. Whether you're a doctor, nurse, dentist, teacher, electrician, or other licensed professional, you likely already know how dangerous allegations of misconduct can be. If you're facing professional license suspension or revocation in Rhode Island, take action immediately. Joseph D. Lento and his Professional License Defense Team can guide you through the process of protecting your license and moving on from misconduct allegations.

The Lento Law Firm: Professional License Defense in Rhode Island

If you violate professional conduct, your license may be at risk. These violations can include breaching the confidentiality of patients/clients, engaging in sexual misconduct, mishandling medications, and substance abuse. Even if the crime you are convicted of is not directly related to your profession, such as driving under the influence, your licensure may still be at risk. That's why it's so important to consult with an experienced Professional License Defense Attorney as soon as you become aware of any allegations made against you.

The Lento Law Firm, headed by Joseph D. Lento and his Professional License Defense Team, has the resources necessary to handle accusations of professional misconduct in Rhode Island or any other state in the US. They have a track record of success when assisting licensed professionals in protecting their status. If you are facing similar challenges, do not hesitate to reach out to the Lento Law Firm at 888-535-3686 to discuss your situation.

Disciplinary Proceedings for Rhode Island Professionals

The organization that granted your professional license is responsible for evaluating allegations of wrongdoing or professional misconduct. Although the procedures and guidelines may differ slightly, each board adheres to the following process.


In line with other states, Rhode Island agencies typically initiate disciplinary proceedings against licensed professionals after receiving a complaint. The Rhode Island Department of Health handles all complaints for licensed healthcare professionals working in the state. Other licensed professionals are subject to agencies like the Rhode Island Board of Accountancy, the Rhode Island Board of Architects, and the Rhode Island Contractors' Registration and Licensing Board.

Though any person may file a complaint that calls your license into question, most complainants fall into one or more of these categories:

  • coworkers
  • patients or clients
  • other practitioners
  • insurers (usually in cases of suspected fraud)
  • court clerks (i.e., reporting a recent criminal conviction to your licensing board)


Upon receipt of a complaint against you, the relevant licensing agency initiates an investigation. You will likely receive written notification of the investigation, which may provide you with an opportunity to respond to the allegations. The investigator may request an interview with you or unexpectedly show up at your office if the complaint involves accusations of drug or alcohol impairment. Once the initial investigation is complete, the investigator prepares a report, and the agency determines the subsequent actions. These may include dismissal of the complaint, further interviews with the complainant, or issuing subpoenas for relevant records. Given the potential threat to your professional license, it is vital to contact Attorney Joseph D. Lento and his skilled Professional License Defense Team once you receive notification of the investigation.

Consent Agreement

In the event that the investigation yields evidence that supports disciplinary action, the licensing board or agency may attempt to reach a legally binding consent agreement with you. This may require you to accept responsibility or guilt but avoid losing your professional license. As part of your consent agreement, you may have to attend mandatory classes or undergo substance abuse treatment. Joseph D. Lento and his adept Professional License Defense Team have the experience necessary to negotiate a favorable consent agreement with the licensing board.


In the absence of a consent agreement or the inability to reach one, an administrative hearing will be scheduled. Your presence will be mandatory. During the hearing, the licensing board will present its argument. You will have the opportunity to counter the evidence and demonstrate why your professional license should not be revoked or suspended. Following this, the licensing board will render a verdict on your culpability and decide on the disciplinary measures to be taken against you.

Protect Your License With the Help of the Lento Law Firm

In contrast to other kinds of legal matters, the person who files a complaint is not required to bear any expenses or hire legal representation. Furthermore, for some occupations, such as those supervised by the Rhode Island Department of Health, there is no limitation on when a complaint can be filed. This places a considerable burden on the accused professional.

Many licensed professionals opt to represent themselves in these proceedings. It's usually a bad idea. With your future at stake, now is not the time to take any risks. Instead, reach out to the Lento Law Firm at the first word of trouble. The Professional License Defense team can provide support in a number of ways, including:

  • Analyze the complaint filed against you to develop a defense strategy that involves evidence collection, witness procurement, and other tactics.
  • Serve as your legal representative when dealing with the administrative board.
  • Draft a compelling written response to the complaint to improve the likelihood of dismissal.
  • Negotiate with the board at various stages to either dismiss the complaint or seek less severe penalties.
  • Work to secure favorable terms in a consent agreement, if possible.
  • Represent you in a formal hearing before the board, if required.

Areas the Lento Law Firm Serves in Rhode Island

Joseph D. Lento and his Professional License Defense Team are able to offer professional license defense services to healthcare professionals and other licensed workers in all regions of Rhode Island, including the more densely populated areas and healthcare hubs. Our representation is particularly accessible in the following locations:


Providence is the capital city of Rhode Island and the state's most populous city, with an estimated population of over 180,000. Founded in 1636, Providence is one of the oldest cities in the United States and played a significant role in the country's industrial revolution. Today, the city boasts some of the best medical facilities and hospitals in the state, including the Rhode Island Hospital, Miriam Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital. The city is also home to Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School, which trains many of the region's most skilled physicians and researchers.


Warwick is a city in Kent County, Rhode Island, located approximately 12 miles south of Providence. The city has a population of around 82,000 people and is home to T.F. Green Airport, which serves as a major transportation hub for the region. Warwick's economy is driven by a mix of industries, including retail, education, manufacturing, and healthcare. Kent Hospital is a major employer, offering a wide range of medical services, including emergency care, surgical procedures, and cancer treatment. Other healthcare providers in Warwick include urgent care centers, physical therapy clinics, and mental health facilities.


Cranston is a suburb of Providence that's home to more than 80,000 people. It is the third-largest city in the state and is known for its diverse neighborhoods and historic landmarks. Notable healthcare facilities in the area include the Cranston Medical Center and the Rhode Island Medical Imaging Center. The Cranston Senior Enrichment Center provides programs and services to support the health and wellness of older adults in the community.


Pawtucket is another city in Rhode Island located in Providence County. It has a population of around 72,000 people and is known for its historic architecture and arts community. The city is also home to a thriving healthcare industry, with several hospitals and medical centers located around town. One of the major healthcare providers in the area is the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, which offers an array of medical services to the community.

East Providence

East Providence is another popular suburb of the Providence region. The city is known for its diverse culinary scene, with a variety of restaurants and cafes. The city's healthcare industry is anchored by several medical centers and clinics, including East Bay Community Action Program. They offer health services to underserved communities. Another prominent East Providence facility, Gateway Healthcare, Inc., specializes in behavioral and mental health services. Other notable providers in the area include the Lifespan Corporation and Care New England Health System.

Accusations That May Put Your Professional License in Jeopardy

Professional licensing boards exist to uphold quality standards within the industry while also maintaining public trust. Upon receiving a complaint about a licensee, these boards usually have no choice but to launch an investigation. The Rhode Island Department of Health, for example, can impose disciplinary measures, such as reprimands, probation, or suspension, and even revoke a practitioner's license if found in violation of the Medical Practices Act.

Accusations that may result in disciplinary actions include:

Fraudulent Professional Practices

Fraud in the healthcare industry may include:

  • Upcoding insurance for a more expensive service than the one rendered
  • Overbilling of patients
  • Billing insurance providers or patience for services that were not provided
  • Referral kickbacks
  • The falsification of diagnoses to collect more reimbursement from insurance companies
  • Offerings services beyond the scope of your license

Gross Negligence and Abuse

This category includes any action that may risk a patient's health, safety, or well-being. Examples include:

  • Physical abuse, like hitting or sexually assaulting a patient
  • Emotional abuse, like berating or threatening someone
  • Patient confidentiality violations
  • Prescription and medical errors

Sexual Misconduct and Inappropriate Relationships

Sexual or romantic relationships are some of the most serious ethical violations a healthcare professional can engage in. Other forms of sexual misconduct may include unwanted sexual advances toward colleagues or patients, sexual assault, and sexual harassment.

Inappropriate Medication Handling

A provider may also face harsh penalties if the licensing board discovers they have prescribed or dispensed medications in an irresponsible manner or beyond the scope of their license. Other violations include improper tracking of medications or stealing prescriptions for personal use.

Incorrect Record Keeping

It's challenging to provide quality, ethical care without maintaining thorough, accurate records. A professional's license may be at risk if they maintain sloppy or inconsistent patient records. They may also face scrutiny if records contain false information.

Substance Abuse/Addiction

Substance abuse can significantly alter a provider's judgment and ability to safely treat patients. If you're found guilty of abusing drugs or alcohol, your license may be at risk.

Criminal Convictions

Should the administrative board learn of your criminal conviction for driving under the influence, crimes of moral turpitude, or crimes relating to your career, your license may be revoked.

The Lento Law Firm: Professional License Defense for Licensed Professionals in Rhode Island

Attorney Joseph D. Lento and his Professional License Defense Team have the experience necessary to defend your good name. Regardless of whether you live in Rhode Island or anywhere else in the United States, the Lento Law Firm can assist professionals seeking to maintain licensure. We're ready to assist licensed practitioners in the following roles:

  • physician
  • nurse
  • physician assistant
  • dentist
  • pharmacist
  • mental health professional
  • podiatrist
  • anesthesiologist
  • chiropractor
  • physical therapist
  • audiologist
  • real estate agent
  • K-12 educator
  • cosmetologist
  • insurance agent
  • architect
  • CPA
  • other licensed professions

Allegations of professional misconduct can be a severe threat to your professional license, career, reputation, and financial stability. It is crucial to seek the help of an experienced attorney who can guide you through the legal process and help you make informed decisions. Joseph D. Lento and his Professional License Defense Team can offer you outstanding representation to protect your interests. To schedule a review of your case and start the process of defending your license, call (888) 535-3686 or visit our website.


Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm are committed to answering your questions about Physician License Defense, Nursing License Defense, Pharmacist License Defense, Psychologist and Psychiatrist License Defense, Dental License Defense, Chiropractic License Defense, Real Estate License Defense, Professional Counseling License Defense, and Other Professional Licenses law issues nationwide.
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