If you have been charged with a crime, it may be beneficial for the same lawyer to represent you in the criminal matter and the matter before the licensing board. Due to geographical limitations, however, it may not be practical to do so. Criminal cases often involve numerous court appearances, and it may not be cost-effective to hire an attorney to represent you if that attorney resides a long distance from the court in which you are being prosecuted. If you hire someone else to represent you in a criminal matter, it is beneficial for your professional license attorney to coordinate with your criminal defense attorney at an early stage of the proceedings. Your lawyer can consult with your criminal defense attorney about issues involving plea bargaining and sentencing that may affect your professional license.