Joseph P. Hougnon, Attorney at Law

Retaining the Services of a Dental License Defense Attorney


The Dental Board of California is responsible for protecting the health and safety of California consumers related to dental care as well as overseeing the conduct of more than 30,000 dental professionals in the state. It does this by administering rules and regulations set forth in the Dental Practice Act. The DBC takes it’s mission seriously and vigorously protects consumers from unsafe, incompetent, negligent, or impaired dentists throughout the state. The DBC can hand out penalties ranging from warnings to fully and permanently suspending a dental professional’s license, leaving them without a professional identity or the ability to earn a living after investing many, many years on an education and in their career.

Every complaint should be treated as a serious matter, and you should seek out the services of an experienced dental license defense attorney in Sacramento as soon as possible.

Understanding the Process Behind Licensing Complaints

When your dental license is at risk, it is essential that you understand your rights and the processes the DBC will go through as they investigate a complaint. As a dental professional, you could be investigated for a number of possible infractions. Some of those may include:

  • Breaching the standard of care
  • Substance abuse causing danger to a patient
  • Negligent or reckless conduct
  • Unprofessional conduct
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Abandoning a patient
  • Improper recordkeeping
  • Fraud
  • Deceptive advertising
  • Unlawful referrals
  • Medi-Cal billing issues
  • Criminal activities
  • Excessive prescribing of narcotics

When a complaint is filed, it is investigated by the DBC and determined whether or not there is merit to the accusation. If there is sufficient evidence, the matter will either advance to an inspection or an investigation. In matters where there is sufficient evidence of a possible criminal activity, the case will be turned over to the California Attorney General for prosecution.

When a formal accusation is served on a dentist, they have 15 days to respond or they run the risk that the DBC will take action to suspend the dentist’s license without further notice. That means a timely response is critical and the need to have a dental license defense attorney move quickly on your behalf is essential.

Joseph P. Hougnon serves clients in Sacramento and other nearby northern California communities.

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Since 1996, Joe Hougnon, Esq. has provided the best legal services for DUI, Criminal charges & personal injury cases in northern California.