The California Contractor’s State License Board Oversees Contractors in the State
If you are a licensed member of the construction trades in California, you are regulated by the California Contractor’s State License Board (CSLB). The board oversees about 300,000 contractors in 44 different categories, protecting consumers by education, outreach, and imposing fines as well as other penalties when a contractor violates state laws. This can take place when a license holder has impacted public safety, caused financial harm to a consumer, failed to meet the terms of an agreement, or violated the rules and regulations governing licensees in California.
In addition, CSLB’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Team focuses on the state’s underground economy and on unlicensed contractors. The unit conducts sting operations to help reduce illegal contracting, by citing unlicensed contractors or those who do not carry workers’ compensation.
The Board has broad powers and can impose heavy fines and take actions up to and including the suspension of a contractor’s license for more serious violations.
Why You Should Hire a Contractor’s License Defense Attorney
Because of the CSLB’s ability to have a major impact on a contractor and their livelihood, if you are a contractor who is the subject of a complaint or an investigation, you must immediately retain the services of a contractor’s license defense attorney in Sacramento. Complaints can be filed by a consumer, other members of the construction industry, or by the government. You can also be investigated if you are convicted of a crime as well.
A contractor’s license defense attorney will be well versed in all aspects of state contractor laws and will need to mount an aggressive defense to protect your reputation and your livelihood going forward. In many cases, an attorney will first seek to negotiate a settlement of some kind or represent you in mediation before moving to other options.
More serious cases may include having the accusation referred to an enforcement representative who will review the case and decide upon next steps, which could include a fine, arbitration, and criminal charges being filed on the petition for an injunction – all of which could have far-reaching repercussions.
Joseph P. Hougnon serves clients in Sacramento and other nearby northern California communities.