If you have been accused of a child sex offense, sexual abuse of an adult or a family violence offense in Texas, you could face serious repercussions and consequences, especially if you are a professional or have a professional license.
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It is important to immediately contact an experienced sex crimes defense lawyer in Dallas if you have been accused of a sex assault offense against a child or adult, as soon as the investigation against you begins. Individuals who are considered professionals in Texas or who have a professional license may face a suspension of their license, revocation of their license, or a disqualification from applying for certain professional licenses if they are subsequently convicted of the allegations against them.
Texas Child Sex Abuse Lawyer
Contact Dunham & Jones, Attorneys at Law for a FREE consultation about your sex crime allegations that may result in the loss of a professional license in Texas.
The attorneys at Dunham & Jones are experienced in defending child and adult sex abuse accusations throughout Texas and will make every effort to help you avoid the loss of your professional license. Call 800-499-8455 if you are a business, medical, education, or government professional who is facing false or exaggerated sexual charges.
Consequences on Professional Licenses for Sex Crime Convictions in Dallas
An individual who has been accused of committing a sex crime, such as sexual assault, child molestation, aggravated sexual assault, rape, statutory rape, family violence or child abuse may lose a professional license if they are subsequently convicted of the offense.
Under Texas law, section 53.021 of the Texas Occupations Code, an individual who has been convicted of any misdemeanor or felony sexually violent offense in Texas may have a professional license suspended or revoked by the licensing authority, be disqualified from receiving a license, or disqualified from taking a licensing exam.
The individual’s license must be revoked upon their imprisonment following a felony conviction, community supervision revocation, revocation of parole or upon revocation of a mandatory supervision.
An individual may not be considered convicted of a disqualifying offense if they:
- Entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty,
- The proceedings were deferred without an adjudication of guilt and the individual was placed on supervision of the court, and
- At the end of the supervision period, the judge dismissed the proceedings.
Professional Licenses Affected by a Sex Crime Conviction in Texas
The following is a non-inclusive list of professionals that may lose their professional license revocation upon a conviction for a violent sex crime:
- Athletic trainer,
- Certified public accountant,
- Child care administrator,
- Dental hygienist,
- Emergency medical technician,
- Family therapist,
- Funeral director,
- Interior designer,
- Law enforcement officer,
- Massage therapist,
- Occupational therapist,
- Pawn broker,
- Physical therapist,
- Polygraph examiner,
- Private investigator,
- Real estate broker,
- Registered nurse,
- Security guard,
- Social Worker,
- Tax professional, and/or
Additionally, the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners is required to suspend a physician’s license if they are convicted of any felony. The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy also has the option to suspend a license of any person who is convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving fraud or dishonesty.
The Texas Department of Insurance also has the option to refuse to issue a certificate of authority to act as an insurer if a corporate officer or member of the board of directors has been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude or breach of fiduciary duty.
General Sex Abuse Consequences in Texas
False accusations of child sex crimes, adult sex crimes and family violence offense can result in serious penalties and repercussions upon a conviction for the offense, which can include:
- A criminal record,
- A negative impact on relationships,
- Ineligibility to hold public office,
- Ineligibility to own or possess a firearm,
- Ineligibility to vote,
- Jail or prison time,
- Public embarrassment and humiliation,
- Requirements to register as a sex offender, and/or
Additionally, anyone who wants to adopt or become a foster parent must be denied a license or denied approval of becoming a foster family or prospective adoptive family if any member of the family was convicted of certain offenses. These offenses include child abuse or neglect, domestic violence, and any other crime against children.
Also, anyone who is required to register as a sex offender for life is not eligible for federally assisted housing.
Professional Licensing for Convicted Sex Offenders in Dallas
If you have been falsely accused of a sex crime and risk losing your professional license in Texas, contact Dunham & Jones today. Our sex crime defense attorneys will make every effort to fight the crimes that have been falsely alleged against you. Contact us today for a free consultation at 800-499-8455 or send an online message about your sex crime allegations and possible professional license revocation.