refers to the formal document or pleading that officially initiates the licensing board's action against the respondent and specifies the unprofessional conduct alleged. The accusation is served on the respondent after an investigation by the Department of Consumer Affairs' Division of Investigation and after a review of the investigative report by the board and the attorney general's office.
refers to the written decision of the administrative law judge who decides the case and imposes the discipline, if any, after the hearing has been held and the testimony of all witnesses have been received.
refers to the situation whereby the respondent, after being served with the accusation, fails to respond by filing the required notice of defense, therefore resulting in a decision by the administrative law judge. Additionally, a default decision can also occur when the respondent, after filing the notice of defense, fails to attend the administrative hearing.
refers to the response to an accusation that neither admits nor denies the charges but simply says that the respondent does not wish to contest or argue with the charges. No contest usually results in the imposition of disciplinary action through a stipulated agreement. The major purpose of entering a no contest (nolo contendere) response is to avoid future civil liability based on the board's action.
refers to the situation whereby the administrative law judge has rendered a decision, but the board later votes not to adopt the judge's decision. The board may thereafter decide the case and impose the penalties that they believe are appropriate under the circumstances.
refers to the situation where the board has not imposed any period of suspension of the license but has decided to make public the fact that the respondent has been