What To Expect When Going Before The Board In An Administrative Hearing

Allegations have been made against you and you've received your notice or citation letter. Now you're wondering what to expect. At The Patton Law Firm, LLC, I can provide you with perspective and instruction regarding what to expect. With more than 15 years of experience handling administrative law and professional licensure matters, I can help you plan and prepare while providing the legal resources and representation to protect yourself, your reputation and your career.

What Happens During The Administrative Hearing?

Administrative hearings are public and relatively formal. These are adversarial proceedings where evidence and testimony will be brought against you by an assistant attorney general from the Ohio Attorney General's Office. The AAG will present documents, witnesses and other evidence supporting the board's allegations. As the AAG makes his or her case, you will be given an opportunity to cross-examine witnesses and make formal objections to any evidence the AAG presents.

Once the state has finished presenting its case, you (or your attorney) will have an opportunity to present yours. Of course, the state will also have an opportunity to cross-examine any witnesses you provide. Throughout the proceedings, board members will be allowed to ask questions and the board president will make rulings on any motions presented.

What Happens After The Hearing Is Completed?

The board will likely deliberate and go over the evidence before making a decision. Once the board has given its final order, you may want to appeal the decision. As your lawyer, I can help you file your appeal and take appropriate steps. Once you receive the board's final decision in writing, you have a limited time to prepare and file an appeal.

In many instances, your case may be presented before a hearing examiner in lieu of a full board. In such cases, the hearing examiner will outline his or her findings with a proposed recommendation to the board. Once you and your attorney have received the decision in writing, you will have an opportunity to have your case reconsidered. The board will then decide whether to accept, reject or modify the hearing examiner's recommendations.

Guiding You Through All Aspects of Your Administrative Hearing

If you have received a hearing notice, I invite you to give me, attorney David V. Patton, a call. I am an OSBA Board Certified Specialist in Administrative Law and am one of only a select few specialists in this field practicing in Ohio.

Call me at my Solon law office at 440-220-6398 or send an email by completing an online contact form.