Failure to Report a Conviction or Plea for Pest Control Services/Exterminators

Failure to Report a Conviction or Plea for Pest Control Services/ExterminatorsFlorida’s sunny climate attracts individuals searching for warmer temperatures and a wide variety of bugs, pests, and bees. Pest control technicians and exterminators who are qualified to perform these services enjoy the rewards of working in a high-demand career that people depend on throughout the Sunshine State. 

As a pest control technician, maintaining a valid license is required to perform any services related to fumigation, extermination, or pest control in Florida. However, if you’re convicted of or enter a plea to a crime, your license may be suspended or revoked, which may have an impact on your livelihood. Additionally, suppose you fail to notify the licensing authorities of your plea deal or conviction. In that case, it could lead to further consequences beyond the criminal sanctions required by the State of Florida. Here’s what you need to know.

Why Is It Essential for Pest Control Technicians and Exterminators to be Licensed in Florida?

Licensed exterminators and professionals who provide pest control services must complete various classes, work experience, and tests to demonstrate their abilities that usually take years to complete. Pest control inspectors must have documented experience as a service employee working under a licensed pest control technician and education in either: 

  • Botany
  • Entomology
  • Horticulture
  • Agronomy 

Individuals need to have at least three years of working experience for license eligibility, with at least one year employed in Florida. This requirement is mandatory and necessary to safeguard the Florida public.

Who Licenses Exterminators and Pest Control Technicians in Florida?

To work as a pest control technician in Florida, you must obtain a Certified Pest Control Business Operator License issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). The FDACS must confirm that all applicants successfully pass the required written examinations and have the required education or work experience under a licensee who performs pest control and extermination services in Florida. 

What Are the Consequences for Failing to Report a Plea Deal or Conviction to the FDACS?

Suppose a Florida pest control technician fails to report their conviction or plea deal to the FDACS. In that case, they may face disciplinary actions that may include a letter of reprimand, fines, probation, suspension, or license revocation.

According to Florida Statute 482.161, encroachments that may lead to disciplinary action including criminal convictions that are irrelevant to the pest control services and extermination along with the following violations: 

  • Any conviction, including a guilty or “no contest” plea, to a crime that relates to pest control services
  • Addiction to narcotics or habitual intemperance
  • Making false claims relating to pest control
  • Misrepresenting the effects of materials or methods used in pest control services
  • Failing to give the Department accurate information upon request regarding methods or materials used
  • Fraudulent or misleading advertising associated with the pest control services
  • Performing extermination or pest control services negligently or without a valid license
  • Failing to pay an imposed administrative fine 
  • Impersonating an employee of the FDACS

Whether the violation will impact your license depends on numerous factors the FDACS will review, including the severity of the violation, the existence of previous violations, and the cost to the FDACS of investigating the violation. 

Orlando Attorneys Advocating for Pest Control Technicians and Exterminators Accused of a Crime 

If you’re a licensed Florida pest control technician facing a criminal charge, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer who understands the responsibilities of licensed professionals and can explain the full scope of criminal and administrative consequences that accompany a plea. When you hire a criminal defense attorney with The Umansky Law Firm, our attorneys investigate your case in detail to build an effective defense strategy that minimizes the potential criminal and administrative penalties you may confront in cases like the following: 

  • Criminal traffic violations, like driving on a suspended license
  • DUIs/DWIs
  • Misdemeanors, like drug possession and stalking
  • Felonies, like tax evasion and fraud

By retaining one of our attorneys, you can rest assured knowing we will work vigorously to defend you against the criminal allegations you face and defend your Pest Control Business Operator License from potential disciplinary actions. Whether you need help composing a letter or submitting necessary documents to the FDACS, our criminal defense attorneys offer resolute legal guidance to professional pest control technicians and exterminators so they can move on with their lives. 

Contact Florida’s Trusted Professional License Defense Lawyers for a Free Consultation

If you’re a licensed pest control technician or exterminator who’s confronting penalties for failing to report the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services violation, do delay in retaining professional legal help. For experienced legal help protecting your legal rights and professional career, get in touch with the skilled license defense attorneys at The Umansky Law Firm.

Our lawyers put over 100 years of combined experience to work for clients, providing the resources and proficiency to investigate your case and work to achieve the most favorable results in your best interests. Our talented legal team has a robust understanding of Florida’s administrative laws and is prepared to defend you from facing further penalties and damage to your reputation. To talk to one of our knowledgeable, professional license defense lawyers, schedule a free consultation by completing a contact form or call at (407) 228-3838.