In the second half of this article, we will continue to go over the methods the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) uses to resolve complaints against a contractor’s license. It’s highly recommended that any contractor that receives a complaint against their license should seek the counsel of their Jacksonville construction attorney. To view the first half of the article, please visit Part 1.
In Depth Investigations By An Enforcement Representative
If the complaint fails to resolve after mediation or CSLB arbitration and the complaint includes a possible infringement of Contractors License Law, it is transferred to an Investigative Center. The enforcement representative (ER) that will be conducting an investigation into the complaint will interview both you and the complainant, as well as any other individuals that might be able to provide any pertinent information.
What Happens After The Investigation?
Following the investigation, the ER takes into account the evidence and will suggest one of the following:
- Issuing a warning letter
- Issuing a citation
- Filing of an accusation (which can lead to license suspension or revocation)
- Filing of a petition for an injunction
- Filing of criminal charges
- Closing the complaint file because there is a lack of evidence or a finding of no violation
- Closing the complaint file because it was resolved
In the event that you are issued a citation, you should immediately contact your Jacksonville construction lawyer. With a citation, you could face a civil penalty up to $2,000 and/or an order of restitution to reimburse the complainant. If you are found to be out of compliance with a citation, your license will be suspended automatically. If the citation is still not in compliance after 90 days, your license will be revoked.
If your license is suspended, you are forbidden to work during the suspension period. If your license is revoked, you can not petition for reinstatement of your license for a minimum of 1 year to a maximum of 5 years.
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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.