This is the first post in a series which will discuss issues which many Phoenix contractors often face in obtaining and maintaining their professional licenses. I feel that this is an important topic because many contractors and construction personnel do not know what to expect from the licensing process and I have encountered many who do not appreciate the gravity of the situation when they face licensing problems. Over my coming posts I hope to provide information which will allow those in the construction industry to make more informed choices of how to proceed after they have been accused of a licensing violation.
I will be addressing several topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze include:
- Arizona’s penalties for contracting without a license
- Defending criminal charges which stem from unlicensed contracting
- Defending against the suspension of one’s license
It is important for local contractors to understand these issues. Many make the mistake of thinking that the penalty for contracting without a license is that they will simply be told to “not do it again.” One is quickly surprised when they find out that they are facing criminal proceedings and fines in addition to being prohibited from performing future work. The extent of these penalties is why one should retain an attorney who practices criminal defense law and who also handles matters relating to protecting one’s license. Finally, such a contractor may face additional issues such as the suspension of their license by an Administrative Law Judge. By retaining counsel one helps to protect their future.
I cannot stress enough the fact that you should contact an attorney immediately if you have been accused of performing contracting work without a license. Counsel will help you to understand the potential consequences and to help you develop a plan to deal with the situation in the best way possible. As a Phoenix contracting license defense attorney I assist area residents in handling such matters. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation.
I also represent defendants in other Maricopa County cities such as Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert. My firm also assists Pima County residents in Tucson.