Chapman Law Group appreciates the hard work and selfless sacrifices associated with being a professional healthcare provider. That sacrifice is most evident during the initial education stage where healthcare providers are required to spend a significant amount of time and resources investing in their education. Often, licensees come to us with unique issues in their application status such as criminal convictions, substance abuse, and credentialing issues.
We have assisted a significant number of health professionals with a broad range of licensing, student licensing, residency, general certification, fellowship certification and specialty certification, as well as professional licensing for nearly all health professions governed by the Public Health Code: pharmacists, chiropractors, dentists, audiologists, marriage and family therapy, medicine, nursing, optometry, osteopathic medicine and surgery, speech pathology, physical therapy, athletic training, massage therapy, podiatric medicine and surgery, counseling, psychology, occupational therapists, dietetics and nutrition, sanitarians, social work, respiratory care, and veterinary medicine.
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In short, if you have no unique personal circumstances and are applying for the first time, you can complete the application process on your own without the advice of an attorney. However, if you have a criminal conviction or unique personal circumstances which you believe may negatively impact your ability to be granted a license in your chosen health profession, it is imperative that, before taking the first step, you consult with an attorney knowledgeable in assisting health professionals with licensing applications and experience dealing with the respective licensing bodies/boards. Your career or future depends on your ability to positively present yourself to the board. Here at the Chapman Law Group, we are experienced in dealing with all of the licensing bodies regulated by the Public Health Code. We know what the boards are looking for and what information you will need to prepare and present to them so that you may put yourself in the best light possible. Remember, if you are denied licensure initially because of your criminal conviction or unique personal circumstance, it will be increasingly difficult to subsequently receive licensure; therefore, it is imperative that you put your best foot forward and seek counsel of a qualified professional licensing attorney.
Additionally, if, since the time of your last renewal and your current renewal, you have been charged, convicted, or investigated for an offense or a violation of the Public Health Code, it is important to seek the advice of an attorney so you know what you should report to the board, when you should report it, and what that report should contain. You will also have to supply information regarding your investigation, conviction, or arrest in your renewal application. You must word this carefully so you can provide the board with the correct information but avoid worsening your problems by providing incorrect, misleading, inaccurate, or information that causes more questions than it answers. An attorney knowledgeable in professional licensing can assist you with this process.
You must report all out-of-state convictions or final adverse administrative actions to your respective board within a certain timeline. Failure to do so is certain to result in adverse administrative action, emergency/summary suspension, or possible license revocation. It is imperative you seek the assistance of a qualified attorney so you can properly report your adverse action to the board.
Yes. Pursuant to MCL 333.16243(1)(c) and the Code of Criminal Procedure MCL 769.16a(7), any misdemeanor or felony conviction involving illegal delivery, possession, or use of alcohol, or a controlled substance, or any felony, must be reported by the court to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) within twenty-one (21) days. Therefore, if your crime involves substance use or possession (including DUI), the court has already reported your conviction. However, you must still report your conviction on your renewal application.
If you were convicted of a crime, there are three questions you must be cognizant of when filling out your renewal application. If any of these questions require a “yes” answer, you should contact a professional licensing attorney prior to renewal so they can assist you with responding to the Board’s inquiries:
(1) Have you been treated for substance abuse in the last year?
(2) Have you been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for two (2) years or more?
(3) Have you been convicted of a crime involving the illegal delivery, possession, or use of alcohol or a controlled substance?
I am unsure if my conviction will show up on a criminal background check. Should I report?
If your offense is a juvenile offense, was set aside or expunged under MCL 780.621, or qualified for some other special sentencing program such as deferment under MCL 333.7411, Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, or the Michigan Domestic Violence Deferral under MCL 769.4a, you should contact a professional licensing attorney to review the circumstances of your conviction and determine if you are required to report.
If you did not retain an attorney to assist you with your application and you were denied a license, you may still have options. Generally, if you are denied licensure by your professional board, you are permitted to request a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. In nearly all cases, you should exercise this right. There, an Assistant Attorney General will be assigned to your case and will argue on behalf of the board that you should not be granted a license. It is imperative that you retain an attorney to fight for you in the administrative hearing to improve your chances of being granted a license. Chapman Law Group has significant experience in administrative hearings and has assisted a number of health care professionals obtain their licenses, even after convictions, professional misconduct, substance abuse issues, and professional negligence.
Links to All Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Health Profession Licensing Applications and Renewal Applications:
Michigan Chiropractic License Application and Renewal
Michigan Dentistry License Application and Renewal
Michigan Audiology License Application and Renewal
Michigan Marriage and Family Therapy License Application and Renewal
Michigan Medical License Application and Renewal
Michigan Nursing License Application and Renewal
Michigan Optometry License Application and Renewal
Michigan Osteopathic Medicine License Application and Renewal
Michigan Speech-Language Pathology License Application and Renewal
Michigan Pharmacy License Application and Renewal
Michigan Physical Therapy License Application and Renewal
Michigan Athletic Training License Application and Renewal
Michigan Massage Therapy License Application and Renewal
Michigan Podiatric Medicine License Application and Renewal
Michigan Counseling License Application and Renewal
Michigan Psychology License Application and Renewal
Michigan Occupational Therapist License Application and Renewal
Michigan Dietetics and Nutrition Licensing Application and Renewal (Pending legislation which will require licensure effective July 1, 2014)
Michigan Sanitarian License Application and Renewal
Michigan Social Work License Application and Renewal
Michigan Respiratory Care Licensing Application and Renewal
Michigan Veterinary Medicine Licensing Application and Renewal
Michigan Acupuncture License Application and Renewal
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