If you are a licensed professional, your “ticket” is probably the most important and valuable business asset you own. Without it, you will need a new line of work. Unfortunately, I frequently see licensed professionals in disciplinary actions/investigations who first attempted to represent themselves without legal counsel, sometimes achieving unecessarily poor results in the process.
If you are contacted by a licensing body or investigator of a state licensing board, you should consult with an attorney as soon as possible. You should consult with an attorney before substantively responding to the inquiry/investigation.
Finally, did you know that many licensed professionals carry insurance to defray the cost of disciplinary actions, including attorney’s fees? It’s true. Many professional liability insurance policies have this coverage included. So while you are speaking with counsel about that investigation by the state licensing board, you should also take a look at your insurance policy and make sure you comply with its terms regarding reporting the matter to the carrier.