California Acupuncture Board License Defense Attorneys
If you are facing an investigation, citation, or statement of issues against your California acupuncturist license it is important to know you do not need to speak directly to an investigator, Attorney General, or anyone associated with the complaint lodged against you. In fact, in most cases, it is in your best interest to speak to a professional licensing attorney first to make sure you are not jeopardizing your own case.
During an investigation, you have the right to be represented by acupuncture license defense attorneys who will handle your case from the start. Ultimately, choosing an experienced license defense attorney who has defended hundreds of California professional licensees puts you on equal footing with the California Acupuncture Board, and gives you the highest probability of saving your license and your livelihood.
If you are a California acupuncturist who is in danger of losing your license to practice because of a pending case before the California Acupuncture Board, we are here to help. With over 100 years of combined experience, our professional license defense attorneys will help you protect your professional license, career, and reputation.
We take pride in the work we do and the licensees we represent. We work hand in hand with our Acupuncture clients to win a favorable outcome. We will be with you throughout the entire process, guiding you through the stress and the uncertainty from the preliminary investigation through to the settlement.
Professional Licensing requirements for California Acupuncturists
When you aspire to be a licensed acupuncturist, you must comply with all requirements set forth by the California Acupuncture Board and satisfy the qualifications laid out in the Acupuncture Licensure Act.
Requirements for acupuncture licensure in California:
- You must be at least 18 years of age.
- Show satisfactory evidence of completion of one of the following:
- An approved educational and training program.
- Satisfactory completion of a tutorial program in the practice of an acupuncturist as approved by the Board.
- Documented educational training and clinical experience that meets the standards established pursuant to Sections 4939 and 4941 of the Act in case the applicant completed his or her education and training outside the US.
- Pass the written examination administered by the Board, which tests the applicant’s ability, competency, and knowledge in the practice of an acupuncturist.
- Not be subject to a denial pursuant to Division 1.5.
- Have completed a clinical internship training program approved by the Board.
- Pay the initial licensure fee, among other fees required.
The Acupuncture Board may grant or deny admission based on all the aforementioned requirements. By the same token, the Board can suspend, revoke, or impose probationary conditions upon your license if you are found guilty of “unprofessional conduct”. While there is no exact definition for this, some examples of “unprofessional conduct” as provided under the law and in case studies are:
- Use or possession of any controlled substance.
- Conviction of a crime substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of an
- False or misleading advertising.
- Falsification of or failure to keep adequate medical records.
- Use of threats or harassment against any patient or licensee.
- Abandonment of a patient without written notice, and before the patient has had a reasonable
- opportunity to find another acupuncturist.
- Gross or repeated negligence.
- Gross violations of the California Health Code.
California Acupuncture Board Investigation Attorney
When you become the target of an Acupuncture Board case, it is based on an initial complaint filed by a private person (complainant) with the California Acupuncture Board. It must be noted, however, that not all complaints escalate into investigations or accusations. The Board will only pursue formal accusations when their preliminary investigation warrants further action.
If the complaint is not dismissed and a formal accusation is necessary, the Board may choose to enforce the following disciplinary actions:
- Payment of fine, which creates a public record of the offense as charged.
- Letter of reprimand, which also creates a public record allowing prospective patients and employers to view the discipline.
- Suspension of license, which prevents you from practicing for a certain period as specified in the decision.
- Revocation of license, where there is no specified period (suspension for an indefinite period).
- Probation, where your acupuncture practice is still allowed but is subject to certain restrictions and conditions.
California Acupuncture Board Attorneys
In the event that you are trying to get licensed, are facing an investigation or potential discipline from the California Acupuncture Board, the best thing you can do is consult with a licensing attorney who has helped hundreds of professional licensees through the licensing and discipline processes.
The best time to contact a professional licensing attorney is at before speaking to the Board on your own behalf, the second best time to consult with an attorney is today. As California acupuncture license defense attorneys, we know the ins and outs of how to build a compelling case on your behalf and often lower the stakes. It is crucial to have legal guidance throughout the licensure or investigation process, you need a legal team who care and will properly advise you as you deal with the board-appointed investigator. We will help you defend your hard-earned license because we believe everyone deserves second chances.
If you are someone who needs help with Admissions or are a licensed California Acupuncturist who needs help responding to an investigation letter or formal accusation perhaps in danger of losing your license, we can help. We will listen to the circumstances of your situation and strategize with you on best next steps. You can count on us to guide you through the licensure process with realistic expectations and our calming years of expertise. We help you keep career, your reputation, your livelihood, and to reclaim your peace of mind.