Failure to Report a Conviction or Plea for Electricians

Failure to Report a Conviction or Plea for ElectriciansAs a licensed electrician in Florida, you must follow many rules and policies to maintain an excellent professional standing. In Florida, licensed electricians and electrical contractors must report any criminal conviction or plea to the Electrical Contractors’ Licensing Board. Even guilty verdicts or pleas for traffic offenses must be reported. Failure to do so can lead to severe penalties that, in worst-case scenarios, may lead to a suspension or loss of licensure. 

Regardless of the criminal offense, you must understand the criminal penalties and professional consequences you may encounter. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is the governing body over the Electrical Contractors’ Licensing Board and requires that all electricians in Florida report their case to the Electrical Contractors’ Licensing Board or the DBPR within 30 days. To learn more reporting requirements and how an experienced professional license attorney can help, see below.

Orlando Attorneys Advocating for Electricians Accused of a Crime 

If you’re a licensed Florida electrician facing a criminal charge, it is essential to hire a criminal defense lawyer who knows the professional reporting obligations and can counsel you on the full scope of the consequences that go along with a plea. When you retain a criminal defense lawyer with The Umansky Law Firm, you can rest assured that your attorney will devise an effective defense strategy to lessen the impact of criminal and professional penalties you may face in cases such as: 

  • DUIs/DWIs
  • Misdemeanors, like drug possession, perjury, and basic assault
  • Felonies, like tax evasion, fraud, and drug abuse violations
  • Criminal traffic offenses, like reckless driving

When you partner with our highly skilled lawyers, we can also help protect your professional electrical contractor’s license from potential administrative sanctions. Whether you need help writing a letter, creating your report, or supplying the necessary documents to the Electrical Contractors’ Licensing Board or DBPR, we are here for you through every phase of this challenging process. Our criminal defense attorneys provide resolute legal aid so you can move forward with your life. 

Mandatory Steps for Electricians after a Conviction or Plea Deal in Florida

Licensed electricians in Florida must inform the DBPR’s Electrical Contractors’ Licensing Board if they’ve been convicted of a criminal offense or pled guilty or no contest within 30 days of the occurrence. According to Florida Statute Section 455.227(1)(t), licensed electricians are at risk of disciplinary action for: 

“Failing to report in writing to the board or, if there is no board, to the department, within 30 days after the licensee is convicted or found guilty of, or entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to, regardless of adjudication, a crime in any jurisdiction.”

To disclose a criminal conviction or plea deal, licensed electricians must complete a criminal self-reporting document and mail it to the board. This document needs to be filled out accurately, so if you have any questions about any part of this report, The Umansky Law Firm professional license defense lawyer can walk you through this step of the administrative legal process. 

Consequences for Neglecting to Report a Conviction or Plea Deal

Any licensed electrician who fails to report a criminal conviction, guilty plea, or no-contest plea to the Electrical Contractors’ Licensing Board can face harsh disciplinary actions, including a potential suspension or revocation of license. If you have never failed to report a conviction or plea to the board or DBPR before as a licensed electrician, you will likely experience more leniency than for a repeated infringement. 

Just because you have been convicted or accepted a plea deal does not mean the board will automatically impose disciplinary actions that will affect your electrician’s license or professional practice. But if you fail to notify the Electrical Contractors’ Licensing Board within 30 days, the board may be less understanding when assessing your circumstances. When deciding the disciplinary measures to impose for failing to report a conviction or plea deal, the board considers the following elements: 

  • The seriousness of the criminal offense
  • The associations between the crime and working as an electrician
  • The risk of harm you caused to the public or customer
  • Whether you had prior disciplinary matters on your record

Whether the offense will impact your electrician’s license depends on the unique circumstances of the crime. Get in touch with a criminal and administrative defense attorney at The Umansky Law Firm who can review your case and provide further insight into your specific situation. 

Protect Your Electrician Career by Retaining a Skilled Orlando Professional License Defense Attorney 

If you’re a licensed Florida electrician who has been convicted of or made a plea to a criminal offense and are now facing disciplinary action for failing to report the crime to the Electrical Contractors’ Licensing Board, do not delay in obtaining professional legal help. For dependable legal support defending your rights, career, and reputation, contact the experienced criminal and professional license defense attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm. 

Our talented team of Orlando criminal defense attorneys includes former public defenders, prosecutors, and attorneys who have worked closely with the Florida DBPR. We understand there are countless factors for professionals to consider when charged with a crime. With our extensive knowledge of Florida’s administrative and criminal laws and 100 years of combined legal experience, we will help you navigate this challenging time. Call (407) 228-3838 or complete our contact form to schedule your free consultation with an administrative lawyer.