Clearwater Unlicensed Contracting and DBPR Complaints Lawyers
Have You Been Charged with Unlicensed Contracting or Specialty Contracting, Licensing, or Business Crimes in the State of Florida?
Under Florida Law, unlicensed contractors may face criminal charges. If you have been charged with Unlicensed Contracting or Specialty Contracting, Theft, Failure to Obtain a Building Permit, Failure to Maintain Workman’s Comp Coverage, or Falsely Holding Oneself Out as a Contractor in the State of Florida, then Contact Powers Sellers & Finkelstein, PLC immediately for a free case review.
Why choose us for your Unlicensed Contracting case?
If you are charged with a criminal offense for unlicensed contracting, then you want an experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you at every phase of the case, including arraignment, during any pre-trial motions to dismiss the charges altogether, or at trial, as you fight for a ”not guilty” verdict.
We also represent clients who receive a ”cease and desist” notice from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), along with an administrative complaint, the election of rights form, along with the proposed settlement agreement.
Often, you will find that a code enforcement officer will issue a citation for performing an unlicensed contracting job, in which you have ten days to respond.
Either way, the Law Firm of Powers Sellers & Finkelstein, PLC has over 30 years of combined experience defending clients charged with all levels of unlicensed contracting crimes. Contact us and get your questions answered in a free private consultation.
What you should know about Unlicensed Contracting
Over the years, Florida has cracked down on unlicensed contracting crimes. It is a criminal offense to act in the capacity of a contractor without a valid contractor’s license or to engage in contracting work. Contracting without a license is a serious crime carrying felony or misdemeanor penalties, depending on the number of convictions.
Law enforcement officers in the Tampa Bay area have increased the number of undercover sting operations for ”unlicensed” contractors. A number of these operations target a handyman who has no intention of breaking the law but gets trapped into agreeing to do work, which may violate the statute.
Just recently, the sheriff’s office, Florida Department of Financial Services and Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney, conducted a sting from Oct. 9-11, 2019 at a vacant home in Belleair Bluffs, subsequently arresting 17 unlicensed contractors working in Pinellas County on 38 charges including unlicensed specialty contracting violations and workers compensation fraud.
Since the sheriff’s first undercover operation on Aug. 7, 2017, 188 unlicensed contractors have been arrested on 404 criminal charges after offering to do work totaling $880,000.
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