The attorneys with Chelle Law can provide quality assistance with Texas Administrative Appeals and Hearings with the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings (“SOAH”). Texas Professional Licensing Boards (“Boards“) issue licenses, registrations and certificates to professionals in Texas. These Boards receive complaints and then act to determine if there has been a violation of the law. The Board will decide whether to issue any disciplinary action when required. Even when a decision is made, the professional can appeal the decision and a hearing will be held.
The Texas Office of Administrative Hearings also handles administrative appeals and hearings for many other state agencies (“Agency”) such as:
- Texas Department of Insurance
- Attorney General’s Office
- Comptroller of Public Accounts
- Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
- Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
- Texas Board of Nursing
- Texas Medical Board
- Health and Human Services Commission
- Texas Education Agency
- Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
Licensing Board Discipline and Agency Decisions
When a complaint has been investigated and it is determined that disciplinary action is necessary, the Board or Agency will move forward to implement the disciplinary action. This could include a letter of reprimand, probation, decree of censure, denial, civil penalties, suspension or revocation. An Agency may also make a decision that negatively effects the rights of the person. For example: a denial of insurance benefits, a substantiated claim of child or abuse abuse, the removal of a health care facility license. When a negative decision is determined the individual or facility has appeal rights.
Texas Administrative Appeals
When a Board or Agency has decided to offer formal discipline as a result of their investigation of the complaint, the individual has the right to appeal the final decision. The subject of the complaint can either consent to the discipline by signing an agreement, or can request a hearing to appeal the decision.
Appeals and Hearings with SOAH
In most cases an administrative hearing is conducted by the State Office of Administrative Hearings with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) presiding. However, a few Texas professional licensing boards hear their own appeals. The hearing is not as formal as a trial, but it is similar. Each party will present evidence using documents or sworn testimony. Each party also gives an opening statement and a closing argument which should explain why the judge should rule one way or the other. The Respondent can cross examine witnesses and testify on her own behalf. Once the hearing is done, the ALJ will review the transcripts, evidence and make a decision as to what the right action will be. A recommendation is put forth to the Board or Agency. However, the Board or Agency generally makes the decision to either accept, reject or modify the ALJ’s decision. Furthermore, if an error is made the person can request a rehearing.
Administrative Hearing Lawyer
Individuals that will likely appeal a decision should not discuss their case with friends, co-workers or anyone that could end up testifying to harmful information that could damage your case. At the hearing these people could be called as witnesses. Every question or statement made should only be made to your attorney.
If you have questions about your Texas Administrative Appeals and Hearings procedures and would like to learn more about the services we offer contact Chelle Law today.