California Dental License Defense Lawyer

Our California dental license defense attorney represents dentists, dental assistants and dental hygienists facing Dental Board of California investigations, accusations, criminal charges, DUI, probation, and disciplinary actions.

50+ years of experience working for you

When your reputation and practice are at stake, your choice of lawyer matters. Expert counsel from a smart, strategic dentist license defense lawyer can help you navigate the dangerous situation you’re facing and secure the best possible outcome.

There is no substitute for experience and knowledge of the system when your career is at risk. Attorneys Robert Weinberg, Melissa DuChene, and Suzanne Crouts have over 50 years experience handling thousands of dentist license defense, healthcare license, criminal defense, and Federal criminal defense cases.

Chudnovsky Law attorneys are known and respected by the investigators, deputy attorney generals, and administrative judges that handle dentist cases. We take a comprehensive, holistic approach to defending you and employ every resource we have to vigorously protect your license, your assets, and your ability to practice.

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Dental Board of California Investigation Lawyer

When a dentist, registered dental assistant or dental hygienist is contacted by the Dental Board, Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) investigator, or Deputy Attorney General, it is critical to consult with an experienced Dental Board of California license defense attorney before responding. Often counsel can help present a response that can result in the matter being closed with no accusation or license action.

According to Dental Board enforcement statistics, dental professionals typically have on average 6 months between when a complaint is made and a formal Dental Board of California accusation is filed.

Formal accusations, if filed, will be publicly posted on the Dental Board website, even if the accusation is later dismissed. The objective is to move quickly to avoid a disciplinary review altogether.

California dental license defense attorneys Robert K. Weinberg, Suzanne Crouts, and Melissa DuChene represent dentists, dental assistants, and dental hygienists with the Dental Board of California and Department of Consumer Affairs.

California dentist license defense, DUI and criminal defense

Our dental license defense lawyer assists clients with every stage of the dental license defense process and any dentist criminal defense matters. We help protect clients’ interests throughout any DCA license investigations, formal accusations, administrative proceedings, and appeals in Superior Court.

The most common causes of California Dental Board disciplinary actions include:

The Board offers a confidential Diversion Program for licensed Dentists and Registered Dental Assistants whose ability to practice may be impaired due to DUI, alcohol and/or drug abuse. The program offers a way to recover without losing your license.

Don’t let a mistake ruin your career. Contact us to learn your legal options.

We represent dentists throughout California, Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, Santa Barbara County, Santa Clara County, Alameda County, Sacramento County, Contra Costa County, and Ventura County.

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New California dental license laws 2021

Controlled substance prescriptions (AB 149)

Effective January 1, 2021, AB 149 requires that paper prescriptions for painkillers, narcotics, sedatives and other controlled substances must either be transmitted electronically or written on new California controlled substance prescription forms that feature a 12-character serial number and barcode.

Paperless dental license renewal

Beginning July 1, 2021, the Dental Board of California will transition to paperless dental license renewals. The new online processing will allow completed license and permit renewals to be processed within 24 to 48 hours.

Dental license criminal record changes (AB-2138)

Assembly Bill 2138 limits the discretion and dental licensure denial criteria making it easier for prospective licensees with criminal records to obtain and maintain dental licenses effective July 1, 2020.

RELATED: Dental license with criminal record under AB-2138

Dental license applicant test requirement changes (AB 1519)

AB 1519 became effective January 1, 2020 requiring all new California dental license applicants who take the WREB examination to take and pass all competencies listed in BPC 1630. This enhanced testing assesses competency in the areas of diagnosis, endodontic, periodontic, prosthetic, treatment planning, and restorative dentistry.

Changes to DBC approval of foreign dental schools

Starting January 1, 2020, the Dental Board of California (DBC) will no longer accept applications for foreign schools seeking approval as a foreign dental school. Foreign schools must instead seek international accreditation with the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association or a similar accrediting agency approved by the DBC.

Dentist COVID-19 vaccine administration waiver

Effective January 4, 2021, the DCA enacted a new emergency scope-of-practice waiver authorizing dentists to administer COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Licensing Consultation and Analysis

If you would like to book a 1 hour legal analysis and advice session on your licensing case, please visit the page below.

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Los Angeles




1933 S Broadway #1100, Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 212-5002


Orange County




23 Corporate Plaza Dr, Suite 150, Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 750-2500


Long Beach




309 Pine Ave, Suite 200, Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 800-4080


Santa Monica




1541 Ocean Ave, Suite 200, Santa Monica, CA 90401
(424) 340-7220


Service Area

When looking for a dental license defense attorney near me, please note we represent Dental Board licensees in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, Santa Clara County, Alameda County, Sacramento County, Contra Costa County, and all of California:

Los Angeles County: Agoura Hills, Alhambra, Arcadia, Baldwin Park, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Buena Park, Burbank, Canoga Park, Carson, Cerritos, Chatsworth, Compton, Culver City, Diamond Bar, Downey, Downtown Los Angeles, El Monte, El Segundo, Encino, Gardena, Glendora, Glendale, Granada Hills, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Hollywood, Huntington Park, Inglewood, La Canada-Flintridge, La Habra, La Mirada, Lakewood, Lancaster, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Lynwood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, North Hollywood, Northridge, Norwalk, Pacoima, Palmdale, Pasadena, Pico Rivera, Pomona, Rancho San Fernando, Redondo Beach, Reseda, Rosemead, San Dimas, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Simi Valley, South Pasadena, Sylmar, Tarzana, Thousand Oaks, Toluca Lake, Torrance, Van Nuys, Venice, Walnut, West Covina, West Hollywood, Whittier and Woodland Hills.

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Orange County: Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster and Yorba Linda.

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Riverside County: Riverside, Moreno Valley, Corona, Temecula, Murrieta, Jurupa Valley, Indio, Hemet, Perris, Palm Desert and Palm Springs. | San Bernardino County: San Bernardino, Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Victorville, Rialto, Hesperia, Chino, Upland, Apple Valley and Redlands. | San Diego County: San Diego, Chula Vista, Oceanside, Escondido, Carlsbad, El Cajon, Vista, San Marcos, Encinitas and National City.

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Santa Barbara County: Carpinteria, Gaviota, Goleta, Isla Vista, Lompoc, Los Olivos, Montecito, Orcutt, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, Solvang, and UC Santa Barbara. | Ventura County: Camarillo, Fillmore, Simi Valley, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura.

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Alameda County: Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro, Union City. | Alpine County: Alpine Village. | Amador County: Ione, Jackson, Plymouth, Sutter Creek. | Butte County: Oroville, Chico, Durham, Gridley, Magalia, Oroville, Oroville East, Palermo, Paradise, South Oroville, Thermalito. | Calaveras County: Angels Camp, Arnold, Copperopolis, Rancho Calaveras, San Andreas, Valley Springs. | Colusa County: Arbuckle, Colusa, Maxwell, Williams. | Contra Costa County: Antioch, Brentwood, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Hercules, Lafayette, Martinez, Oakley, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, Walnut Creek. | Del Norte County: Crescent City, Bertsch-Oceanview, Klamath. | El Dorado County: Cameron Park, Diamond Springs, El Dorado Hills, Placerville, Pollock Pines, Shingle Springs, South Lake Tahoe.

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Fresno County: Clovis, Coalinga, Fresno, Reedley, Sanger, Selma. | Glenn County: Hamilton City, Orland, Willows. | Humboldt County: Arcata, Cutten, Eureka, Fortuna, Humboldt Hill, McKinleyville, Myrtletown, Ridgewood. | Imperial County: Brawley, Calexico, Calipatria, El Centro, Imperial, Salton City. | Inyo County: Big Pine, Bishop, Lone Pine, West Bishop. | Kern County: Arvin, Bakersfield, California City, Delano, McFarland, Ridgecrest, Shafter, Taft, Tehachapi, Wasco. | Kings County: Avenal, Concoran, Hanford, Lemoore, Lemoore Station. | Lake County: Clearlake, Clearlake Oaks, Clearlake Riviera, Kelseyville, Lakeport, Lucerne, North Lakeport. | Lassen County: Janesville, Susanville, Westwood. | Madera County: Ahwahnee, Bonadelle Ranchos, Chowchilla, Coarsegold, Madera, Madera Acres, Madera Ranchos, Yosemite Lakes. | Marin County: Corte Madera, Larkspur, Marin, Mill Valley, Novato, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito. | Mariposa County: Lake Don Pedro, Mariposa, Midpines, Yosemite Valley. | Mendocino County: Brooktrails, Fort Bragg, Redwood City, Ukiah, Willits. | Merced County: Atwater, Dehli, Dos Palos, Franklin, Gustine, Livingston, Los Banos, Merced, Winton. | Modoc County: Alturas, California Pines. | Mono County: Crowley Lake, Mammoth Lakes.

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Monterey County: Carmel Valley, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Castroville, Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Salinas, Seaside, Soledad. | Napa County: American Canyon, Calistoga, Napa, St Helena, Yountville. | Nevada County: Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Nevada City, Truckee. | Placer County: Auburn, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Loomis, North Auburn, Rocklin, Roseville. | Plumas County: Chester, East Quincy, Portola, Quincy. | Sacramento County: Antelope, Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Florin, Folsom, Foothill Farms, Galt, North Highlands, Orangeville, Rancho Cordova, Rosemont, Sacramento, Vineyard. | San Benito County: Aromas, Hollister, Ridgemark.

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San Francisco County: Bayview, Chinatown, Japan Town, Mission District, Pacific Heights, Richmond District, San Francisco, Stonestown, Sunset District, Union Square. | San Joaquin County: Lathrop, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Stockton, Tracy. | San Luis Obispo County: Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo. | San Mateo County: Belmont, Burlingame, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco.

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Santa Clara County: Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale. | Santa Cruz County: Aptos, Ben Lomond, Capitola, Interlaken, Live Oak, Rio Del Mar, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Soquel, Watsonville. | Shasta County: Anderson, Bella Vista, Cottonwood, Happy Valley, Palo Cedro, Redding, Shasta Lake. | Sierra County: Loyalton, Sierra Brooks. | Siskiyou County: Dunsmuir, Lake Shastina, Mount Shasta, Weed, Yreka. | Solano County: Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Suisun City, Vacaville, Vallejo. | Sonoma County: Healdsberg, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Windsor. | Stanislaus County: Ceres, Modesto, Oakdale, Patterson, Riverbank, Salida, Turlock. | Sutter County: Live Oak, Sutter, Yuba City. | Tehama County: Corning, Lake California, Los Molinos, Red Bluff. | Trinity County: Hayfork, Lewiston, Post Mountain, Weaverville. | Tulare County: Dinuba, Exeter, Farmersville, Lindsay, Porterville, Tulare, Woodlake, Visalia. | Tuolumne County: Jamestown, Mono Vista, Phoenix Lake, Sonora. | Yolo County: Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, Woodland. | Yuba County: Linda, Loma Rica, Marysville, Olivehurst, Plumas Lake, Wheatland.

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The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers award
US News & World Best Lawyer Rating
California Assault & Battery Attorney Awards: Findlaw 5 Star Rating, Google 5 Star Rating
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