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How are Multiple Complaints Handled Against My Professional License?

How are Multiple Complaints Handled Against My Professional License?

Today’s question is, “Say I have multiple complaints filed against my license. Are those handled collectively or are they handled one by one individually?”
So, that’s a very good question. It’s a little bit of a complicated question because it does depend on the agency or state board. I have seen certain boards that will — and a lot of this depends on the facts — treat these as two completely separate incidents and entirely different fact patterns where the complaints originate. Then they will investigate them separately, and what certain boards or agencies might do is they might just stack them on a specific day for a hearing.
Again, the investigations will be separate. They will find as much information about each individual complaint as thoroughly as they can. They may ask you for statements on each individual.
One probably would have the same investigator. If it comes time for hearings on those, they will likely have them either back-to-back days, depending on how long they would take or if they can be done in three to four hours each, stack them three to four hours in the morning and then three to four hours in the afternoon with a lunch break. I’ve seen that done in hearings before as well.
Other boards or agencies might be a little bit more separate, where, “Hey, we’ve got this complaint that was made on January 1st, 2023. We’ve investigated that fully and we’ve set you for a hearing on August 15th. We received a complaint on February 15th, 2023, completely separate from the one on January 1st. We’ve set that for a hearing on September 25th, 2023,” and do it that way. So it does depend on the state agency or licensing board.
But as far as the investigation is concerned, as long as the facts aren’t intermingled and the complaint stems from different instances, then those are going to be investigated separately.

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