Ohio CPA License Defense

Whether you're crunching numbers as a staff accountant, analyzing finances, or delving into the world of fraud detection, you've invested considerable time and money to become a licensed CPA. Holding that title in Ohio isn't just a badge of honor; it's a mark of credibility and knowledge in the accounting realm. Achieving CPA status isn't merely a career milestone; it's a testament to your dedication and hard work in the field. However, maintaining your CPA license requires ongoing commitment. You must stay updated with continuing education and uphold ethical standards to ensure your professional growth and stay ahead in the industry.

At the Lento Law Firm, we understand the dedication it took for you to earn your CPA license. We also recognize the challenges you face, especially when accusations threaten your ability to practice. Whether it's a misunderstanding, false allegation, or genuine mistake, CPAs can find themselves in the crosshairs of board sanctions.

Your licensing board will leave no stone unturned in investigating claims against you, possibly resulting in severe sanctions such as license suspension or revocation. If you don't advocate for yourself, no one else will. That's where our Professional License Defense Team comes in. We're here to build a robust defense, negotiate with your licensing agency, and strive for the best outcome in your case.

Don't hesitate to reach out to the Lento Law Firm's Professional License Defense Team today. Your license, career, and future are too important to leave to chance. Contact us today by calling 888.535.3686 or using our online form to discuss your case and how we can help you defend your license.

The Legal Powers the Accountancy Board of Ohio Has to Discipline You

The Accountancy Board of Ohio is a vital entity responsible for overseeing and regulating the CPA profession in the state. Its primary goal is to ensure that accounting services provided by licensed professionals maintain the public's trust and confidence. This involves enforcing state laws and regulations that govern the practice of accounting and ensuring adherence to standards established by organizations like the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).

A key aspect of the Accountancy Board of Ohio's role is to safeguard the public interest by ensuring CPAs deliver competent and ethical services. To achieve this, the board has various powers, including issuing licenses, approving renewals, and establishing exam requirements for CPAs. Additionally, it has the authority to investigate complaints of misconduct and enforce ethical standards among CPAs in Ohio. This enforcement can take several forms, such as:

  • Warning the CPA that they may face sanctions if they continue their actions.
  • Formally expressing disapproval of a CPA's actions by censuring them.
  • Ordering the CPA to pay civil penalties.
  • Requiring the CPA to undergo periodic peer reviews to assess the quality of their accounting and auditing practices.
  • Requiring the CPA to undergo additional educational training on professionalism or ethics.
  • Ordering treatment for mental problems or substance abuse as a stipulation to keep their license.
  • Placing the CPA's license under probation with specific conditions the CPA must meet in order to remove the probation.
  • Suspending the CPA's professional license.
  • Revoking the CPA's license, either with or without conditions for reinstatement.

The consequences of facing disciplinary action from the board can range in severity. Regardless of the seriousness, the fallout can be significant, especially if the disciplinary action becomes a part of your professional record. Some ways it could affect your career include:

  • Putting you at risk of termination from your current job for any mistakes you make.
  • Drying up your pool of potential future job opportunities.
  • Lowering your earning potential.
  • Limiting your options for working in the field of accounting.
  • Creating undue stress and emotional distress from the loss of professional security you may feel as the target of a board investigation.

When facing such challenges, it's essential to have a competent team of defense attorneys who represent licensed professionals before regulatory boards. That's where the Lento Law Firm's Professional License Defense Team comes in. With their knowledge and experience, they can help you navigate the complexities of board investigations and protect your license, career, and reputation.

Do Not Expect That the Truth Will Protect You from License-Related Sanctions in Ohio

You might think that if you've done nothing wrong, you shouldn't need a lawyer to defend yourself, right? Surely, the board will see the truth and rule in your favor. Unfortunately, that's not always how it goes. Many accounting professionals have found themselves in trouble, even when they were innocent, because the process isn't always fair.

The truth isn't always enough to win in a disciplinary case. CPA boards can make mistakes or issue unfair rulings due to various reasons:

  • They might not do thorough research, so they miss important facts or evidence.
  • There could be bias against you or in favor of the accuser.
  • They might ignore crucial evidence or testimony.
  • Sometimes, they just don't reach a fair conclusion, even with all the facts.

The Accountancy Board of Ohio has a history of imposing sanctions on CPAs, even when they're innocent. So, while facts matter, they're not the only thing that counts. You need a strong legal team to back you up.

It's best to reach out to us as soon as you know about a complaint or if you're worried someone might accuse you. But even if things have progressed, it's not too late to call us. You can usually appeal the board's decision to impose sanctions, but you'll want a solid defense team by your side.

Grounds for Sanctions Against Certified Public Accountants in Ohio

The Accountancy Board of Ohio has the authority to impose sanctions or disciplinary actions against its member CPAs for various reasons, including:

  • Professional Misconduct: Engaging in actions that violate professional standards, including unethical behavior, fraud, or negligence in accounting practices.
  • Failure to Comply with Professional Standards: Not adhering to the standards set forth by professional organizations such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) or the Ohio Society of CPAs.
  • Criminal Convictions: Being convicted of a crime, especially if it involves dishonesty or moral turpitude, which could impact the CPA's ability to perform their duties ethically and competently.
  • Lack of Competence or Professionalism: Demonstrating incompetence or lack of professionalism in providing accounting services, which may harm clients or the public interest.
  • False Advertising or Misrepresentation: Making false statements or misrepresenting qualifications, services, or credentials as a CPA.
  • Failure to Maintain Continuing Professional Education (CPE): Not fulfilling the required hours of continuing education to maintain licensure and stay updated on developments in the accounting profession.
  • Conflict of Interest: Engaging in activities or relationships that create conflicts of interest with clients, employers, or the public, compromising the CPA's objectivity and independence.
  • Violation of Confidentiality: Breaching client confidentiality or disclosing sensitive information without authorization undermines trust and violates ethical principles.
  • Failure to Cooperate with Regulatory Authorities: Refusing to cooperate with investigations or failing to provide requested information to regulatory bodies such as the Accountancy Board of Ohio.

The Adjudication Process for CPA Licensing Issues in Ohio

The adjudication process the Accountancy Board of Ohio uses for CPAs in Ohio facing disciplinary issues usually follows a structured procedure. While the specific steps may vary depending on the circumstances of the case, the general process usually involves the following:

Complaint Filing

The process usually begins with the filing of a complaint against a CPA with the Accountancy Board of Ohio. Complaints can be submitted by clients, employers, other CPAs, or regulatory agencies, and they typically detail the alleged violations of professional standards or misconduct.

Initial Review

Upon receiving a complaint, the Accountancy Board of Ohio conducts an initial review to determine if there is sufficient evidence to warrant further investigation. If the complaint meets the criteria for further review, the board may initiate an investigation.


The board's investigative staff conducts a thorough investigation into the allegations outlined in the complaint. This may involve gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and obtaining documentation related to the case.

Review by Board

Once the investigation is complete, the findings are presented to the Accountancy Board of Ohio for review. The board evaluates the evidence and determines whether disciplinary action is warranted based on the severity of the alleged violations and their impact on public trust and the integrity of the accounting profession.

Informal Resolution or Formal Hearing

Depending on the nature of the allegations and the evidence gathered during the investigation, the CPA may have the opportunity to resolve the matter informally through a settlement agreement with the board. If an informal resolution cannot be reached, the case may proceed to a formal hearing before an administrative law judge.

Formal Hearing

At the formal hearing, both the CPA and the board have the opportunity to present evidence, call witnesses, and make arguments in support of their respective positions. The administrative law judge presiding over the hearing evaluates the evidence presented and issues a recommended decision to the board.

Board Decision

Based on the administrative law judge's recommended decision and the evidence presented during the hearing, the Accountancy Board of Ohio makes a final decision regarding disciplinary action. This may include sanctions such as reprimand, probation, suspension, or revocation of the CPA's license, depending on the severity of the violations.

Appeals Process

If the CPA disagrees with the board's decision, they may have the right to appeal the decision through the appropriate legal channels, such as filing an appeal with a state appellate court.

Throughout the adjudication process, CPAs have the right to legal representation and due process protections to ensure a fair and impartial resolution of the licensing issues.

Reasons to Hire an Attorney from the Lento Law Firm Team When Facing CPA License Sanctions in Ohio

At the Lento Law Firm, our Professional License Defense Team has a strong history of successfully defending professionals, including CPAs, who are facing disciplinary actions. Our attorneys bring extensive experience and a deep understanding of the laws, regulations, and procedures related to CPA licensing and disciplinary proceedings in North Dakota. They're well-equipped to tailor defense strategies to fit your unique situation.

Our team has the legal experience and resources needed to build a solid defense on your behalf. By leveraging our experience, along with access to legal research tools and professional networks, we can develop compelling arguments and advocate for your rights throughout the legal process. Moreover, our negotiation skills allow us to effectively communicate with the NDSBA to pursue favorable outcomes, whether through settlements or mediation.

We Represent CPAs Throughout Ohio

The Lento Law Firm's Professional License Defense Team represents CPAs in cases involving their professional boards across the country, including Ohio. Some of the cities here where we are most active include:

  • Columbus
  • Cleveland
  • Cincinnati
  • Toledo
  • Akron
  • Dayton
  • Parma
  • Canton
  • Lorain
  • Hamilton

Even if your city isn't listed above, our team of experienced professional license defense lawyers can help you. The first step to protecting your license and your good name is making the call and retaining our services.

Call the Lento Law Firm's Professional License Defense Team Today to Discuss How We Will Fight for Your CPA License in Ohio

When you choose the Lento Law Firm to represent you, you can trust that we'll fight tirelessly to defend your rights and interests. Our main goal is to safeguard your professional reputation and reduce the negative effects of any board sanctions. Whether it's ensuring you're treated fairly, advocating for your due process rights, or lessening the consequences of disciplinary actions, we're committed to getting the best outcome for your situation. Reach out to the Lento Law Firm's Professional License Defense Team today by calling 888.535.3686 or filling out our online form. Let's start building a strong defense for you right away.


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