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The Impact of Convictions on Professional Licenses in Colorado

For licensed professionals in Colorado, criminal convictions can have a devastating impact on their careers beyond the potential fines or jail time. In fact, every professional licensed under the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is required to self-report many criminal arrests and convictions (often referred to as “adverse actions”) to their respective board.

DORA’s boards grant licenses for a wide variety of professionals (138 distinct professions as of January 2018) including nurses, doctors, accountants, electricians, hairstylists, and even boxers. The reporting of new criminal convictions is often required both during the licensing process and even after a professional receives his or her license and begins practicing. Felonies almost always trigger a reporting requirement. Misdemeanor convictions for crimes involving deceit, fraud, or any drug-related offense generally must be reported as well. Notably, many professional boards treat criminal convictions, deferred judgments, no contest pleas, and deferred prosecution agreements identically, and require reporting in all instances. Such judgments can even result in disciplinary action, up to and including a public admonishment or revocation of the license.

Reporting rules are complex and have serious consequences, potentially leading to the inability for one to work in their chosen profession. This makes it critical for anyone holding a professional license in Colorado to consult with their own attorney before accepting any plea agreement or paying any fines in a criminal case.

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