Rancho Santa Fe License Advocate


Defend your Professional License

If you are notified by the Board or Bureau, which issued your Professional License in the State of California, that you are 
under investigation or facing a possible denial, suspension or revocation of your license, contact our Office so that we can 
assist in negotiating and resolving any complaints made against you, or in the alternative aggressively representing you in l
litigation at the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). Attorney Natalia Matusik provides Professional License Defense 
throughout the State of California.
When you face a disciplinary action, the vast majority of Boards/Bureaus refer the prosecution of your license to the
California Attorney General’s Office at the Department of Justice, specifically the Licensing Section. Because most of the
Boards/Bureaus do not have in-house legal counsels, prosecuting professional licenses is handled by a Deputy Attorney
General (DAG) within the Department of Justice (DOJ). While the initial investigation is handled by Boards/Bureaus, the
actual filing of disciplinary actions (Accusations) is handled by a DAG. Similarly, litigation of professional licenses including
a formal hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is handled by the California Attorney General’s Office.
As a former Deputy Attorney General in the Licensing Section at the Department of Justice attorney Natalia Matusik can
effectively assist you in defending your professional license.Professionals working in California are required by law to hold 
current professional licenses in order to continue practicing their profession. California has approximately 50 regulatory 
agencies that license business, occupations and professions,  ranging from legal, medical, construction and service 
industries. Professionals in these and other fields depend upon their ability to hold a valid license in order to be in business 
and maintain their practice. Attorney Natalia Matusik is a former criminal prosecutor and a former Deputy Attorney General 
in the Licensing Section of the California Attorney General’s Office who is an aggressive trial attorney ready to handle your 
formal Administrative Hearing or Administrative Appeal.

Types of Licenses We Defend

  • Board of Accountancy;
  • Acupuncture Board;
  • Arbitration Certification Program;
  • California Architects Board;
  • Athletic Commission of California;
  • Bureau of Automotive Repair;
  • Board of Barbering and Cosmetology;
  • Board of Behavioral Sciences;
  • Bureau of Cannabis Control;
  • Cemetery and Funeral Bureau;
  • Board of Chiropractic Examiners;
  • Contractors State License Board;
  • Court Reporters Board;
  • Dental Board of California;
  • Dental Hygiene Board of California;
  • Board for Professional Engineers, Land
  • Surveyors, and Geologists;
  • Bureau of Household Goods and Services;
  • Landscape Architects Technical Committee;
  • Naturopathic Medicine Committee;
  • California Board of Occupational Therapy;
  • Board of Optometry;
  • Osteopathic Medical Board of California;
  • Board of Pharmacy;
  • Physical Therapy Board of California;
  • Physician Assistant Board;
  • Board of Pediatric Medicine;
  • Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education;
  • Professional Fiduciaries Bureau;
  • Board of Psychology;
  • Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers;
  • Board of Registered Nursing;
  • Respiratory Care Board;
  • Bureau of Security and Investigative Services;
  • Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and
  • Hearing Aid Dispensers Board;
  • Structural Pest Control Board;
  • Veterinary Medical Board;
  • Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.

Hiring the right attorney to defend your Professional License


Professional License Defense when facing an Arrest or Criminal Conviction

If your license is subject to a disciplinary action due to an arrest or a criminal conviction, it is imperative that you hire an 
attorney who is knowledgeable in both criminal law and license defense/administrative civil law. Many criminal attorneys do 
not have the knowledge and experience in the area of administrative licensing law. Different burdens of proof and different 
rules of evidence apply in the Office of Administrative Hearings versus a criminal proceeding 
in the Superior Court of California.
Licensing cases brought before licensing authorities and professional boards work completely differently than criminal
prosecution. However, often criminal prosecution against an individual defendant will inherently adversely affect their
professional license. While many criminal defense attorneys might recommend that you settle your criminal case, often
they do so without realizing that this can negatively impact the outcome of your licensing case later in time. Finally, criminal
attorneys also could recommend that you participate in a criminal diversion program to get your criminal charges dropped.
State licensing boards, however, do not view diversion programs as the same as a criminal dismissal.
Many professionals maintain licenses to practice their professions in multiple states. Multi-state licensure opens you up to
California license board disclosure requirements if you are convicted of a crime in another state, or even arrested or are
accused of another crime while in another state, this can put your California license at risk.
Automatic reporting of criminal accusations and convictions to licensing boards via the internet now means this can happen
virtually immediately. California and state licensing authorities also have no mandatory duty to remove publicly available
information about a licensee’s convictions from their websites, including expunged criminal records, e.g. convictions that
are eventually dismissed under Penal Code Sec 1203.4 and Sec. 1203.4(a). So, if you are accused or convicted of a crime,
this becomes public information.
Hiring a knowledgeable attorney in these situations is critical since (unlike in a criminal proceeding where if you are arrested
you are deemed innocent until proven guilty), in a licensing Accusation, even if you are just arrested for a crime, with
automated reporting, you will be asked to immediately explain your arrest to your state licensing Board/Bureau.
It is even more critical to hire an attorney who is skilled in both administrative law (who knows how to defend your
professional license) and criminal law. You need to both reduce your risk of a criminal conviction and do so while not
endangering your professional license.
If you are a California professional licensed to practice in California or in other states and are being investigated by your
Board/Bureau or have received a letter or Accusation, call attorney Natalia Matusik immediately.

Former Prosecutor Defending Your Rights

Criminal Defense

If you have been arrested, you have a right to defend yourself. Both the U.S. Constitution and the laws of the State of
California afford critical protections to people who find themselves in the criminal justice system. In addition to the Sixth
Amendment right to effective counsel and a trial by a jury of their peers, a defendant in a criminal case also has a Fifth
Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination, a Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and
seizures, and the right to due process of law provided by the Fifth and Fourteenth of Amendments. When a defendant is 
arrested, the State has the burden of proving every element of the charged offense beyond a reasonable doubt, the highest 
burden of proof in a court of law. In a criminal case, a defendant has the right a jury trial. A jury of 12 determines the facts of 
the case, while the judge makes rulings on the law and makes sentencing decisions.
If you are under suspicion of a crime or involved in an investigation, even if you have not been formally arrested or charged,
you should take the time to learn about your legal options. Knowledgeable criminal defense attorney Natalia Matusik can
help you review your case and determine a strategy for defeating the charges against you or at least minimizing the
adverse consequences of a conviction.
If you have been arrested, call attorney Natalia Matusik immediately!

Practice Areas

  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Offenses
  • D.U.I.’s 
  • Vehicular Manslaughter 
  • Sex Offenses
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Assault and Battery
  • Theft Offenses 

Practice Areas

If you have been accused of a crime, you will have to appear in court. The accused in this situation is known as the
defendant. The prosecution is the government agency, which needs to prove the criminal charges against you. 
The burden is on the prosecution to prove each element of the charged crime beyond a reasonable doubt. A criminal 
defendant does have any obligation to present any evidence or present any criminal defense. The burden of proving the 
case rests solely on the prosecution.
However, in most cases a skilled criminal defense attorney will likely want to establish some sort of criminal defense to
prevent a conviction. A criminal defense is a strategic argument that attempts to challenge the validity and sufficiency of the 
prosecution’s evidence.The criminal defense you choose to use will depend on the crime you are charged with and the 
evidence you have at your disposal. If you have been arrested, call attorney Natalia Matusik immediately!

About Attorney Natalia Matusik


Natalia Matusik obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Political Science from UCLA in 1999. In 2001,

Ms. Matusik obtained her Master’s Degree in Policy Studies (MPP) from UCLA School of Public Policy, Social Research 

and Urban Planning (currently UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs). Her concentration and Master’s thesis were in the

areas of crime and drug policy.

Ms. Matusik obtained her law degree from University of San Diego in 2004.Ms. Matusik spent nine years working as a Deputy District Attorney in Riverside prosecuting misdemeanor crimes, general felonies, domestic violence cases, child abuse cases, sex offenses and drug related crimes.Subsequently, Ms. Matusik worked at the California Attorney General’s Office in the Licensing Section. As a Deputy Attorney General, Ms. Matusik represented state licensing agencies, both within and outside of the Department of Consumer Affairs, mainly in disciplinary actions filed against licensed professionals before the Office of Administrative Hearings. She handled all phases of complex administrative litigation, including appeals from denials of applications for licensure, prosecution of disciplinary actions against licensees, interim suspension and relief cases, including PC 23 hearings; license reinstatement cases, probation modification and termination cases, and injunctive proceedings against professional, vocational licensees and unlicensed individuals.In her private practice, Ms. Matusik has handled both civil and criminal cases in the areas of family law, civil litigation,and criminal defense.

Customer Reviews

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Customer Reviews

Ben C. 2/8/23

At first I was skeptical but then when we went to court she controlled everything and won my case. She knows what she is doing, the court listened to her and sided with me on my case. I am happy for sure.

Tvzi Azwalt 7/8/22

I didn't go with Natalia, but thought it was important to say she spent so much time in helping me that I found out I did not need an attorney for my problem. So, she saved me money and time. What a great attorney. Otherwise I would have nabbed her fast.

Ismal Hussain 02/12/21

Could not have been happier. I give Natalia 5 stars cause she was the only one who would listen. They tried to suspend my business license. I need help desperately. Recommended

Devin Parvin 02/14/21

I was totally stressed out and found this attorney online. She is very experienced and was willing to hear my story. I lost my license for my business but it looks like I have a good chance in getting it back for sure.

Walishi Mohammed 01/24/21

Very impressed with Natalia's credentials. I recommend her she is in the L.A. area.

Scott V. 01/03/21

Found Natalia online. I called her and she answered right away. She spent quality time with me going over my case. I felt so much better after speaking with her. I would recommend her she is very informative.

Anonymous 02/14/20

Natalia was pleasant to speak with and was able to modify my licensing to where it was favorable to me. Thank you Natalia you're the best.