When Your Career Is On The Line
Utah Financial Professional Licensing Defense Attorneys
Accountants, bankers and other financial professionals are under increasing pressure to provide more services at more competitive prices. On top of this, legislatures, government regulators and law enforcement authorities are focusing on financial practices in the wake of the 2008 crisis. With more laws and fewer resources, accidents and mistakes are bound to happen eventually.
Unfortunately, mistakes can have serious consequences for financial professionals. The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing investigates even minor accusations. An investigation can result in a license suspension or revocation.
White Collar Crime Charges
Financial regulations are complex and nuanced. Failure to comply with relatively small details can lead to criminal charges of fraud or embezzlement. While a professional might not even be aware of the circumstances giving rise to these accusations, an arrest or indictment will attract the attention of licensing review authorities.
Licensing boards have broad discretion to impose various penalties on financial professionals. Unlike criminal cases in which the prosecution must prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, licensing boards can punish Utah professionals without meeting a similar standard.
Future Career Prospects
In addition to licensing penalties, an arrest or indictment can have lasting consequences for a financial professional’s career. Employers usually require background checks – it can be difficult for individuals to successfully expunge an arrest record, even if the government is unable to secure a conviction.
The lawyers at Greg Smith and Associates can help clear the record so that financial professionals can get back to work.
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The criminal defense lawyers at Salt Lake City-based law firm Greg Smith and Associates have the experience and know-how to provide effective and dedicated representation before Utah professional licensing authorities. As an attorney with prosecutorial experience, Greg Smith knows the other side’s playbook inside and out – this perspective equips our firm to fight hard on your behalf.
To speak with a lawyer about the unique facts of your case in an individual consultation, call us at 801-651-1512 or contact us online.