CALIFORNIA CONTRACTORS STATE LICENSE BOARD DEFENSE ATTORNEYS
The Contractors State License Board licenses approximately 300,000 contractors under 43 different licensing classifications in the state of California. The Board reports that it helped recover more than $13 million in restitution for consumers in 2012. 2012 Accomplishments. Enforcement is a priority for the Board.
You take pride in your work and your business depends on your reputation for integrity. Sometimes consumers have unreasonable expectations, misunderstand your contract with them, or simply are trying to take advantage of you. In the current economy, the challenges of succeeding as a contractor are even greater, as contractors face the reality that they are not always paid for their materials and work.
The Board usually has four years to open an investigation and it will investigate both licensed and unlicensed contractors. Board investigations result from criminal convictions and complaints by the construction industry, government, and public consumer complaints, among other sources. Of 14,230 complaints against licensees in fiscal year 2010/11, the overwhelming majority were by consumers--10,841. Another 5,795 complaints were made to the Board against unlicensed persons. The Board referred 11,626 complaints for field investigation in fiscal year 2010/11. In the same year, 190 matters were referred by the Board for criminal charges, and 497 resulted in the filing of a formal accusation to suspend or revoke the contractor's license. The Board revoked 740 licenses in fiscal year 2010/11. See: Contractors State License Board report to California Legislature for Fiscal Year 2010/11.
Actions by the Board can involve suspensions or revocations of a license. An investigation by the Board can also lead to criminal prosecution. However, the Board has the ability to arbitrate complaints, issue citations, and issue warning letters. These alternatives can sometimes help a contractor avoid expensive and potentially business threatening litigation.
As a contractor maintaining your license is essential to staying in business. You have spent many years perfecting your trade and developing your business. If you have been contacted by the Board or believe that you could be contacted by the Board regarding a matter that could affect your professional license, it is essential that you retain competent counsel to navigate the complex investigation process and advise you about the best way to present your case. You should contact an attorney immediately to preserve your rights and engage the Board at the earliest stage possible. A public accusation before the Board can damage your reputation and threaten your business. An experienced attorney can help you respond to the Board to minimize the risk of a public accusation and the expense and anxiety of an administrative trial. What an attorney can do for you.
If you have already been the subject of discipline and your license was revoked you may be able to petition for reinstatement of your license. If you are an applicant with a concern about a criminal history or past problems, we can assist you in crafting an application packet to give you the best chance of obtaining your license.
You have worked hard to earn your license and build your professional reputation. Do not allow the stress of the situation deter you from confronting the allegations head on. For Contractors facing allegations of professional misconduct before the California Contractors State License Board, contact Rothschild Wishek & Sands LLP for knowledgeable and effective representation.