Failure to Report a Conviction or Plea for Air Conditioning Contractors

Failure to Report a Conviction or Plea for Air Conditioning ContractorsThe essential role that HVAC and air conditioning contractors play in Florida communities cannot be understated. Florida residents and businesses alike depend on HVAC and air conditioning contractors to keep their air conditioning, heating, and cooling systems running up to par all year long, especially during the scorching summertime temperatures that warrant Sunshine State’s nickname. 

If you’re a licensed Florida air conditioning contractor, it is essential to understand the professional responsibilities required to maintain licensure. Licensed air conditioning contractors must abide by strict reporting requirements if they’re accused of committing any criminal offenses, whether they’re convicted or enter a plea of guilty or nolo contendere. Read on to find out all you need to know regarding this necessary reporting process so you can confidently move forward in your professional life.

Orlando Attorneys Defending Florida Air Conditioning Contractors Accused of a Crime 

As a licensed HVAC and air conditioning contractor charged with a crime, hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer who understands the professional reporting requirements is essential. At The Umansky Law Firm, our knowledgeable criminal and professional license defense lawyers are prepared to advise you on the full spectrum of effects that go along with a plea. 

By partnering with our skilled attorneys, you can be confident in our attorneys’ abilities to consult you on potential and likely consequences and build an effective defense to minimize criminal penalties that you may confront in cases such as: 

  • DUIs/DWIs
  • Criminal traffic violations, like reckless driving
  • Misdemeanors, like domestic violence battery and marijuana possession 
  • Felonies, including fraud and possession of a controlled substance

At The Umansky Law Firm, our lawyers are well trained in Florida’s administrative law and understand what is necessary to effectively defend your air conditioning contractor’s license from possible disciplinary actions. We help our clients navigate every step of this process, from writing a letter to the CILB to submitting required legal documents. If you’re facing criminal charges, contact The Umansky Law Firm for powerful defense so you can continue in your HVAC and air conditioning profession without having to worry about the consequences of one mistake affecting the rest of your career. 

Why Is It Critical for Air Conditioning Contractors to Report a Conviction or Plea?

Air conditioning contractors are licensed through the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB), supervised by the Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR). These licensing authorities hold HVAC and air conditioning contractors to high standards due to the public’s heavy reliance on air conditioning contractors to keep the air in their homes and businesses comfortable and safe. For that reason, a criminal offense usually leads to more severe penalties for air conditioning contractors than individuals who do not hold a professional certification or license. 

Under Section 455.227(1)(t) of Florida Statutes, air conditioning contractors have 30 days to report in writing to the CILB after being convicted of a crime or plead guilty or no contest. Failing to report the CILB within this window of time can result in disciplinary actions against an air conditioning contractor’s license that exceed the legal penalties required by the state. If you’ve been convicted or are considering a plea deal to a crime, you must retain experienced legal aid as soon as possible to protect your HVAC and air conditioning career.

What Are the Implications for Failing to Report a Plea Deal or Conviction to the CILB?

Regardless of the crime of which you’re charged, it’s essential to understand the professional consequences and the criminal penalties you may face. In the end, if you’re found guilty of the crime or enter a plea deal, the CILB may find probable cause to suspend or nullify your Air Conditioning Contractor’s License. 

If you fail to report your criminal conviction or plea deal to the CILB, you may confront the following penalties: 

  • A letter of reprimand
  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Suspension of license 
  • Revocation of license 

As a professional HVAC and air conditioning contractor, failing to report your plea or conviction can jeopardize your professional license, reputation, and employment. If your license is on the line, don’t wait to retain the trusted legal advice you need to put this challenging time behind you.

Consult an Experienced Florida Professional License Defense Lawyer in Orlando

If you’re a licensed HVAC and air conditioning contractor who’s facing administrative consequences for failing to report a criminal offense to the Construction Industry Licensing Board, it is in your very best interests to retain legal help as soon as possible. For trusted legal support defending your professional license, career, and rights, get in touch with the accomplished criminal and professional license defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm.

With more than 100 years of combined legal experience helping professionals throughout Florida protect their careers, our talented legal team has the knowledge and experience to assess your case in great detail and fight for the most favorable result. Our attorneys understand the intricacies of Florida administrative laws and are committed to protecting you from further penalties and damage to your career. Schedule a free consultation with an experienced professional license defense attorney today by calling 407-228-3838 or completing our contact form.