Do Criminal Offenses Affect My General Contractor License in California?

As a contractor, it is your responsibility to manage building projects. You may provide the labor, materials, or any other services needed to complete the job. You may also be tasked with leading a team of professionals that depend on your decision-making skills. This amount of responsibility can increase your risk of liability, where a mistake from your past or present can threaten to end your entire career. Building contractors and general contractors risk their professional licenses when they are involved in unethical or criminal offenses. As a result, the California Contractor’s License Board may deny, suspend, or even revoke your professional license.

Present Convictions

Offenses that are substantially related to your job duties pose a threat to your professional license. These typically include crimes related to fraud, theft, or violence. Here are some examples of these types of convictions:

  • Violations of Contractor’s State License Law
  • Crimes involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or theft
  • Crimes involving physical violence
  • Crimes related to a substantial disregard for the health, safety, or welfare of others
  • Violations of the California Penal Code regarding taking advantage of the public during natural emergencies

If you’re not sure if your offense falls into one of these categories, it’s a good idea to consult with a contractor license defense attorney. Your lawyer can help you determine if your conviction substantially relates to your contracting work.

Revoked or Suspended Licenses

Contractors can be disciplined for misconduct on and off of the job. Your license could be suspended or revoked for any form of misconduct, and you may be responsible for paying hefty fines. Contractors are required to post a disciplinary action bond of at least $15,000 in order to restore their professional license.

If you have convictions threatening your General Contractor’s license, there is hope. With the help of a professional license defense attorney, you can petition your revoked license or negotiate a deal with the California Contractors License Board to avoid suspension. If you cannot reach an agreement, a board hearing will be scheduled. Your lawyer can represent you during your professional licensing hearing and fight for your license.

Related Article: How Long Will It Take to Get My Revoked or Suspended Professional License Back?

Contact Unlock Legal

If you have convictions that you believe may affect your General Contractor’s license, consult with a professional license defense attorney. Experienced license defense lawyers like those at Unlock Legal can fight for your license and livelihood.

If you fear your professional license is in jeopardy, please don’t hesitate to reach out for a quick, discreet, and confidential consultation. Know that with us, you are in great hands. Contact Unlock Legal today or give us a call at your convenience at 949-997-1471 to speak with a professional about your case and your unique needs. You’ll find we are compassionate, easy to talk to, and willing to help in any capacity we can. Losing your license doesn’t have to be the end of your career.

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