At Cotney Construction Law, we defend contractors and other construction professionals against license complaints. We respond to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) investigations and argue before the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) on our clients’ behalf.
If you are required to appear before an administrative board, it is critical that you prepare yourself for the DBPR administrative process as it can have a huge impact on your livelihood. To learn more about the DBPR, read section one. Remember, you can always seek the legal expertise of a Clearwater construction attorney for advice or representation at your hearing.
Understand the Board’s Procedures
Having to appear before the DBPR may cause some anxiety; however, being prepared is only half the battle. Understanding how the board functions is essential to your success. Attend one of the board hearings to observe what goes on. This will better familiarize you with the board’s procedures. You can find a calendar of the board’s meetings on the agency’s website.
Know Why You Are Appearing
For a more efficient hearing process, it helps to know why you are appearing and the issues that will be addressed during your hearing. For example, if you are seeking to appeal a denial of licensure, an outline of the incident as well as factors that lead to your license being denied will help you to focus on the issues at hand.
Dress the Part
You may not be attending a court trial, but an administrative hearing in front of the DBPR should still be taken seriously, and your attire should reflect this. Dressing professionally by wearing business attire conveys that you understand the significance of what is at stake.
Keep a Cool Head
During the hearing, you will be asked questions that might feel invasive to you. However, it is important to communicate openly with the board. Competence is key. Even if you disagree with the board, keep your composure—you do not want to risk getting your license suspended or revoked. If you feel that you are not able to represent yourself, our knowledgeable Clearwater construction attorneys can respond to the DBPR or argue before the CILB on your behalf.