How Does a Criminal Conviction Affect an EMT or Paramedic License?
The application to be an EMT or a Paramedic requires disclosure of any felony charges. You must disclose any felony convictions, as well as any felony charges to which you plead “no contest” or the court withheld adjudication.
While it may be tempting to exclude these charges, and hope that you do not get caught, this can lead to severe consequences: you can be denied a license or lose your license.
It is a much better choice to be honest, but the best option is to contact strong legal representation if you have charges filed against you.
Not every felony conviction is an automatic denial for a license, but the risk of losing a license you already have is much higher when there are felonies involved. Murder, sexual battery, child abuse, and other felonies charges will mean an automatic denial or revocation of your license.
What To Do if You Have a Prior Conviction
If you do have felony charges to disclose, you must also include the following with your application:
- A law enforcement background check from the state where the felony occurred
- The court documents showing the final disposition of the charges
- Proof that your civil rights have been restored (if they have)
- An explanation of the circumstances surrounding your charges
- Any personal or professional recommendation letters that may help your case
After you have provided that information, it will be up to the state whether they allow you to receive a license or whether your request to be licensed as an EMT or paramedic is denied.
With that in mind, you may want to focus on fighting the charges so you can avoid a felony conviction. Then, you will not have to disclose anything when you apply, or will not be at risk of losing your license if you already have it.
When it comes to fighting a criminal charge or conviction, it is important to have the right attorney on your side. This is true whether you are trying to get an EMT or paramedic license for the first time, or you are trying to keep the license you have already obtained.
Keeping a License You Already Have
Those who already have this license will generally lose that privilege as a result of the conviction. If you have been arrested and charged with a felony, it is important that you act quickly to protect your rights and attempt to hold onto your professional reputation.
With good legal help you may be able to avoid a conviction, which would mean a better chance at keeping your license. If the arrest itself becomes an issue there is an appeal process you can use in order to try to keep your license.
However, the best option for anyone who is a licensed paramedic or EMT is to move quickly if there has been an arrest or any charges that would result in a felony. The faster you seek out legal help for your charges, the faster you can work toward a successful resolution that allows you to continue in your profession.
Do you need legal help?
The experienced lawyers at Hillsborough Defense will help you protect your reputation and career. Contact us today for help with your EMT or paramedic license. We will work with you to protect your interests and address your legal concerns.