Determining Licensing Restrictions Related to a Domestic Violence Charge

The Oklahoma Policy Institute has a downloadable PDF list of professions where your license may be affected due to a felony conviction. 
Examples of professionals where a felony conviction will result in a permanent license ban include:

  • Architect 
  • Armed security guard 
  • Certified Public Accountant 
  • Funeral director 
  • Podiatrist 
  • Private investigator 
  • School teacher 

Examples of professions where a felony conviction can potentially be used to disqualify you from obtaining or renewing a license include:

  • Attorney 
  • Chiropractor 
  • Licensed professional counselor 
  • Engineer (chemical, civil, or electrical) 
  • Insurance agent 
  • Registered nurse
  • Occupational therapist 
  • Optometrist 
  • Physical therapist 
  • Psychologist 
  • Real estate appraiser 
  • Veterinarian

When a licensing board has the discretion to determine if a charge should affect your professional license, they will consider the severity of the offense, its relevance to your professional duties, and the efforts you’ve made at rehabilitation. 

A conviction for domestic violence could be seen as violating a licensing board’s prohibition against “immoral conduct” because it is an act that negatively affects the health and safety of others. It could also be problematic if you were drinking or using substances at the time of the offense. For example, the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision takes allegations of substance use seriously due to the need for physicians to have access to potentially addictive prescription medication.

You Might Lose Your Job Even if You Keep Your License

Even if you’re lucky enough to keep your professional license, it’s still possible an Oklahoma domestic violence charge could leave you seeking another position. Oklahoma is an employment-at-will state, which means your employer can terminate the relationship at any time or for any reason as long as no discrimination laws have been violated. This means that you could potentially lose your job if your employer decides the charges against you damage the company’s reputation or reflect poorly on your character. 

If you lost your job, you’d likely be eligible for unemployment benefits. However, the maximum weekly unemployment benefit in Oklahoma is just $539 and you can only receive benefits for 16 weeks. This means you’re looking at draining your emergency savings, raiding your retirement accounts, or making some painful budgetary cutbacks. Do you want to downsize your home, pull your kids out of their favorite extracurricular activities, and cancel the family vacation everyone has been looking forward to for months? If you want to continue leading the lifestyle you’ve grown accustomed to, you can’t afford to take chances with your legal representation. 

Defending Without Judgment

At Berlin Defense, we know that good people can find themselves in difficult situations. That’s why we defend our clients without judgment. We understand what’s at stake for a licensed professional facing domestic violence charges and will work to ensure the best possible outcome for your case. Check out our case results and client testimonials to learn more about why Berlin Defense is the right choice to help you move forward. 

Lee Berlin
Dedicated to defending clients accused of domestic violence, sex & violent crimes throughout eastern Oklahoma.