Arizona Board of Cosmetology Probation Attorney
Probation from the Arizona Board of Cosmetology against the licenses of cosmetologists in Arizona is offered through a Consent Agreement. The Consent Agreement requires the cosmetologist to do certain things (drug testing, work supervision, counseling, continuing education). Or alternatively, refrain from doing things (using alcohol, prescribing scheduled drugs, seeing certain patients, etc.). The Arizona Board of Cosmetology can place cosmetologists on probation through:
- Stipulated Rehabilitation Agreement
- Interim Practice Restriction
- Decree of Censure with Probation
- Letter of Reprimand with Probation
- Practice Limitation
Cosmetologists who hold a license in Arizona can face disciplinary actions by the Arizona Board of Cosmetology for many different reasons. If the Cosmetology Board determines formal licensing action is necessary it will happen after the completion of an investigation. It’s the job of the Board to review any complaint alleging a violation of the Arizona Practice Act and Arizona law. Thus, at an Arizona Board of Cosmetology Meeting, the Board will vote to determine the outcome of each investigation, thus, a defense attorney may be needed. The Board can vote on a non-disciplinary outcome or vote to offer the cosmetologist formal discipline.
Responding to Practice Complaints and Investigations
After receiving an Arizona Board of Cosmetology Complaint or self-report, a cosmetologist receives a notice from the Board requesting additional information as well as a response to allegations found in the complaint. From here, the Cosmetology Board assigns an investigator to the complaint and they begin to collect evidence. The documents and evidence collected include:
- Patient medical records
- Employment files from the cosmetologist’s employer and business
- Criminal records
- Interviews of people associated with the Board Complaint (These interviewees can include the patient, medical director, colleagues, etc.)
Arizona State Board of Cosmetology Disciplinary Actions
When a cosmetologist is facing a complaint or investigation by their medical board, they may also face the Arizona Board of Cosmetology Disciplinary Actions. Facing disciplinary action can have vast repercussions on a medical career. This can include license probation, suspension, or revocation. It can also jeopardize employment. A cosmetologist under investigation can face termination at their current job after receiving a complaint or after the Board initiates an investigation.
There are certain allegations that can cause a cosmetologist to receive disciplinary action. These include:
- Improper record keeping
- Reporting false information
- Physical abuse of patients
- Sexual abuse of patients
- Criminal convictions
- Substance Abuse
- Disruptive Conduct
Arizona Board of Cosmetology License Complaint
Who can file a complaint against cosmetology professionals? Patients, Health Care Facilities, cosmetology professionals, and other healthcare professionals, among others, can contact the Board and allege legal violations. When the Arizona Cosmetology Board receives a complaint the Board initiates an investigation into the complaint (if the Board has jurisdiction and the Complaint isn’t dismissed) and a case is opened. After this happens, the cosmetology professionals receive a notice and the Board assigns an investigator to the case. Please note, having an attorney during this step can be crucial and can protect your rights. This is because a cosmetology professional must submit a response, and interview with the investigator while also possibly appearing at an AZ Podiatry Board Meeting. Our office can assist cosmetology professionals with interpreting Arizona law.
AZ Board Application Denial Assistance
Applicants to the Arizona Cosmetology Board who have a criminal history from years ago (like a DUI) or previous case discipline by the Arizona Cosmetology Board (or any other Podiatry Board) may be subject to denial of their application for licensure. Thus, those with a criminal or disciplinary history from other licensing boards will be investigated by the Arizona Cosmetology Board after receiving contact for an investigation.
Medical Board Discipline Attorney
If you’re interested in learning more about our Arizona Board of Cosmetology Attorney services and how to protect your license, set up a consultation with Chelle Law today.