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Electrology: License Discipline in Another Jurisdiction

October 16, 2019
Est read time: 2 minutes

As a licensed electrologist in the State of Florida, you know you must be careful to follow the rules or risk facing discipline in the state. But are you aware that you could also face discipline in Florida if you have a license disciplined in another state? You should be very careful when practicing anywhere else, because what you do there can come back to haunt you here. Don’t be caught by surprise if you receive an administrative complaint in Florida for your conduct elsewhere. This article will help you in understanding what might happen to you and what you should do if you find yourself in this situation.

You receive an administrative complaint against your electrology license here in Florida. The State is accusing you of violating the laws that govern your license because another electrology license you hold was disciplined in another state. Should you take this complaint seriously or pretend you never received it? You should take it very seriously. If you don’t take it seriously, your very livelihood could be at risk.

Your license to practice electrology was revoked in that other state. Is it possible your Florida license could be revoked because of it? Yes. The other state revoked your license there for being found guilty of a crime in court related to the practice of electrology. Under Florida law, you could face the same discipline here as if you had been found guilty here. That includes revocation of your Florida license. 

Florida may not impose the same discipline as the other state, but they would still have the option of suspending your license or denying your license renewal until your disciplinary issues are resolved in the other state. The discipline there included a fine and probation. Florida could suspend your license or deny the renewal of your license until the fine is paid and your probation has ended. Florida could also fine you from $250 to $5,000. In addition, if you were having substance abuse issues, Florida could send you to PRN. There are a variety of disciplinary actions that can be taken against your license. The violations and disciplinary guidelines can be found online on the Board of Medicine website. 

However, it is important to note these penalties are not set in stone. The Board of Medicine can take into account any number of aggravating or mitigating factors to increase or lesson the penalties set forth in the rules. When you have an experienced health care attorney defending your license, you stand a much better chance of receiving a lower penalty, or even of getting the complaint against you dismissed.

Should you have any questions or would like additional information about the Board of Medicine investigation/disciplinary process,  please feel free to contact the law firm of Howell, Buchan & Strong, Attorneys at Law at 850-877-7776 to set up your FREE no-obligation consultation with attorney Jeff Howell or attorney Rickey Strong today. DOH and the Board of Medicine have experienced attorneys on their side.  Shouldn’t you!

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