Failure to Report a Conviction or Plea for Engineers

Failure to Report a Conviction or Plea for EngineersAre you a licensed Florida engineer who’s been charged with committing a crime? Criminal charges can lead to harsh consequences for individuals holding a professional Florida license. With all crimes, even criminal traffic offenses, licensed engineers must abide by stringent reporting obligations, whether they enter a plea of nolo contendere or guilt or are convicted of the crime. 

When you’re accused of a criminal offense, it is imperative to understand both the professional implications and criminal penalties you may confront. Under Florida statutes, licensed engineers must report their case’s disposition to the Florida Board of Professional Engineer (FBPE) within 30 days. Keep reading to understand everything you need to know about this required reporting process so you can approach the next steps with confidence. 

Orlando Lawyers Defending Florida Engineers Charged with a Crime 

As a licensed Florida engineer indicted with a crime, it is highly recommended that you hire a criminal defense lawyer who has familiarity with the reporting obligations for licensed engineers.  When you retain an experienced criminal and professional license defense attorney, they can consult you on the full range of consequences that accompany a plea. When you hire a criminal defense lawyer from The Umansky Law Firm, you can rest assured in our attorneys’ skills to consult you on the full range of consequences that accompany a plea and create

a strategic defense to reduce criminal punishments that you may face in cases such as: 

  • DUIs/DWIs
  • Criminal traffic violations, like driving on a suspended license
  • Misdemeanors, like marijuana possession and domestic violence battery
  • Felonies, including fraud and aggravated assault 

Our attorneys are also highly trained in Florida’s administrative law and realize what is required to successfully defend your engineer’s license from potential disciplinary actions. We walk our clients through each step of this worrying process, from writing a letter to the FBPE to submitting necessary legal documents. Look to The Umansky Law Firm for powerful defense so you can resume life in your engineer profession without worrying about a momentary error in judgment impacting the rest of your professional life. 

What Is Required of Licensed Florida Engineers after a Conviction or Plea Deal?

Professional engineers in Florida must report in writing to the FBPE within 30 days after being convicted of a crime or pleading guilty or no contest. Failing to report to the FBPE in a timely fashion may lead to disciplinary actions against an engineer’s license. 

In compliance with Section 455.227(1)(t) of Florida Statutes, disciplinary actions can result from:

“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.”

If you entered a plea or were found guilty of committing a criminal offense in Florida, you must report the conviction or plea to the FBPE by writing to the board office at:

Florida Board of Professional Engineers

ATTN: FBPE/FEMC Investigator

2639 N Monroe St., Suite B-112

Tallahassee, FL 32303-5268

In this letter, be sure to include:

  • Your name
  • License number
  • The date of the conviction or plea
  • The offense you were convicted of or entered a plea to
  • Any sentencing information that’s available upon writing

While the process may feel overwhelming, the professional license defense attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm are ready to guide you through every step of both the criminal and administrative procedure. 

What Are Potential Penalties for Failing to Notify the FBPE of a Conviction or Plea Deal? 

Any professional engineer who disregards their obligation to report a criminal conviction, guilty plea, or nolo contendere plea to the FBPE can be subject to rigorous administrative sanctions along with criminal punishments involving expensive fines, suspension, or revocation of license. A licensed engineer who has no record of failing to report a conviction or plea to the FBPE is typically granted more leniency than a later offense. 

Note that being convicted or entering a plea to a criminal act does not imply the board will necessarily stipulate disciplinary actions that will influence your professional career as a licensed engineer. Nevertheless, if you do not notify the FBPE within 30 days, the board is usually less tolerant when evaluating your situation. Considerations affecting the board’s disciplinary actions for failing to report a conviction or plea deal usually involve: 

  • The seriousness of the crime
  • The affiliation between the crime and professional field of engineering 
  • The potential liability to cause dangers to the public or customer
  • The existence of any prior disciplinary actions on your record

Whether your engineer’s license will be suspended or rescinded depends on the details and circumstances surrounding the crime. Get in touch with The Umansky Law Firm’s criminal and administrative defense lawyers as soon as possible so they can assess your situation and clarify the prospective and likely results of your case. 

Call a Knowledgeable Florida Professional License Defense Lawyer for Help Today

If you’re a licensed engineer confronting disciplinary actions for failing to report a crime to the Florida Board of Professional Engineers, we strongly encourage you to seek legal advice right away. For reliable legal aid defending your professional career, rights, and reputation as a licensed engineer, consult the criminal and professional license defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm.

With over 100 years of combined legal experience, our knowledgeable attorneys have the necessary background and skill to analyze your case and strategically fight for the most beneficial outcome. We are highly familiar with the intricacies of Florida administrative laws and are prepared to defend you from disciplinary measures that may harm your reputation. Contact us today at (407) 228-3838 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.