IDFPR License Defense Attorney

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Why You Need an IDFPR Attorney

Illinois’ licensing agency, the IDFPR, enforces laws and regulations for more than 100 professions and businesses. Licensing laws and regulations are highly complex, and issues that arise under those laws are often factually and legally complicated.

Attempting to represent yourself before IDFPR — or drawing a conclusion about how a rule applies to you — can lead to disastrous results, including potential license suspension or revocation.

When allegations, mistakes, or misunderstandings threaten your professional license, you need an attorney who understands IDFPR and what it will take to resolve these issues, especially in complex fields like healthcare and finance.

When your livelihood is in jeopardy, 1818 knows what questions to ask and which answers to provide to get the best outcome for you.

The 1818 team has a lengthy track record of successful license defense, based in part on our founder’s years of experience as an IDFPR supervisor and more than ten years of representing clients in IDFPR cases. In some cases, an investigation can be closed or dismissed without any action taken against you.

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Understanding the IDFPR Disciplinary Process

The typical IDFPR disciplinary process includes six steps, though some may not apply depending on the severity of the allegations, the type of license, and other factors.

1. Complaint

The IDFPR receives consumer complaints regarding licensees and investigates them to determine whether disciplinary action is necessary. To prevent customer complaints, licensees should address any concerns promptly and professionally. Working collaboratively with customers can also help prevent misunderstandings and issues from escalating to the point of complaint.

Once a complaint is received, the relevant licensing board will review the information and determine whether an investigation should be initiated.

2. Investigation

IDFPR investigations begin with an IDFPR investigator contacting the licensee. The investigator will likely request documentation related to the complaint. The licensee may also be asked to provide a written response to the allegations and any supporting documentation or evidence.

As a licensee, you must take any complaint or investigation seriously and work with an experienced professional license defense attorney in Chicago to protect your rights and professional reputation. These investigations can become an expensive nightmare if you are not adequately prepared or represented.

If your attorney works with the investigator to provide facts and evidence early, you’re more likely to resolve your licensing disputes quickly, confidentially, and cost-effectively.

Don’t panic when you hear from IDFPR — call 1818 to protect your professional license and your livelihood.

3. Conference

When an investigator initiates an investigation into a licensed professional, it may lead to an IDFPR “informal” conference. Despite their name, these conferences are not casual or exploratory. They can have severe consequences for the licensee’s professional license.

However, informal conferences can also have positive outcomes for licensees. If the IDFPR investigator determines that there is not sufficient evidence to support the allegations, the complaint may be dismissed. Alternatively, a consent order may be reached that allows the licensee to continue practicing with certain restrictions or requirements.

Licensees must work with an experienced defense attorney during an informal conference to protect their rights and present a strong defense.

4. Settlement

Following an informal conference, the goal should be to reach a settlement, consent agreement, or — ideally — the case’s dismissal.

If the IDFPR determines that disciplinary action is warranted, they may seek various forms of discipline, including:

  • An Administrative Warning
  • A Reprimand
  • Probation
  • License Suspension
  • License Revocation
  • Other Alternatives

These disciplinary actions may vary in severity and may have different requirements or restrictions for the licensee.

5. Formal Hearing

If a licensee cannot reach a settlement or consent agreement following an informal conference, they may be required to proceed to an administrative hearing. In this case, a Hearing Officer or Administrative Law Judge will preside over the hearing.

It’s important to note that while a Hearing Officer does not have the full power of a Circuit Court judge, their rulings can still have significant consequences for the licensee’s professional license. Because the stakes are so high, working with a Chicago professional license defense attorney is critical.

At the hearing, the licensee and their attorney can present evidence and arguments to defend their license. The Hearing Officer or Administrative Law Judge will then consider the evidence and decide on the disciplinary action to be taken, if any.

6. Appeal

If IDFPR issues a final order that you disagree with, your next option is to appeal to the Circuit Court. Illinois law allows IDFPR licensees the opportunity to challenge IDFPR decisions.

An administrative review is not an opportunity to reargue a case, as the appeal does not allow for new or different evidence. An administrative review looks at whether the law was followed, the evidence was properly weighed, and the correct rules and procedures were applied during the proceedings.


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IDFPR License Defense FAQ

What is IDFPR?

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is the licensing body for almost 100 different professions in Illinois. Most professions are licensed through IDFPR, including:

  • Medical professionals
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical therapists
  • Dentists
  • Veterinarians
  • Cosmetologists
  • Barbers
  • Engineers
  • Accountants
  • Architects

We strongly recommend speaking with an experienced IDFPR attorney before contacting the agency or even replying to a request for information. That said, the IDFPR is set up for direct communication. To contact a specific disciplinary board or department within IDFPR, you should visit the IDFPR website and start with the Professional Regulation tab. This agency regulates banks, financial institutions, and dozens of professional licensees.

IDFPR also regulates pawnbrokers, banks, credit unions, and currency exchanges. The IDFPR website provides a complete list of regulated professions.

Many licensees can use the IDFPR website to renew their professional licenses. All licensees should ensure that their state taxes and child support are fully paid. In addition, some licensees may need to report being current on continuing education (CE) requirements.


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