Failure to Report a Conviction or Plea for Pool Contractors

Failure to Report a Conviction or Plea for Pool ContractorsAre you a commercial or residential Florida pool contractor who’s facing criminal allegations? As a licensed professional, even a criminal driving offense, like driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol, can result in stringent penalties that unlicensed individuals do not need to think about. There are strict reporting requirements for professional pool contractors indicted for a crime, even if they enter a plea and are not found guilty. 

No matter how trivial the crime you’re being charged with, it is essential to understand the possible criminal penalties and the professional implications accompanying a plea or a guilty verdict. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) make it necessary for pool and spa contractors to submit a report of the case’s outcome within 30 days or less. The article below details all that you need to know as a pool contractor facing criminal charges in Florida. 

Florida Pool Contractors Turn to The Umansky Law Firm for Legal Help 

Florida pool contractors facing criminal charges need a criminal defense attorney who understands their professional reporting responsibilities and can offer advice on the full extent of the implications that go along with a plea. When you retain The Umansky Law Firm‘s criminal defense lawyers, we will devise a robust defense strategy to reduce the damaging effects and punishments you may confront in cases such as: 

  • DUIs/DWIs
  • Criminal traffic violations, like driving with a suspended license 
  • Misdemeanors, like domestic violence or vandalism
  • Felonies, like grand theft or possession of a controlled substance

Our talented team of legal professionals is equipped to defend you against any criminal allegations you face and to also safeguard your Florida pool contractor license from possible disciplinary measures. Whether you need help writing a letter or gathering the necessary documents to submit to the CILB, our attorneys can help you effectively manage each step of the process. We provide tactical legal counsel so you can put this challenging time behind you with the least impact on your professional reputation and livelihood. 

Responsibilities for Florida Pool Contractors after a Plea Deal or Conviction 

Licensed Florida pool contractors have 30 days to notify the CILB if they’ve been convicted, pled guilty or no contest to a crime. According to Florida Statute Section 455.227(1)(t), licensed pool contractors are subject to disciplinary proceedings 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.”

Residential and commercial pool and spa contractors can report a criminal verdict or plea deal by filling out a criminal self-reporting document and sending it to the CILB. At The Umansky Law Firm, we understand how overwhelming this process may feel, and we are prepared to support and advise you through every step of the administrative process. 

Penalties for Pool Contractors Who Fail to Report a Plea or Conviction to the CILB

Licensed pool contractors who fail to meet their obligations to report a criminal conviction, guilty plea, or no-contest plea to the CILB or DBPR may be punished with significant administrative sanctions, including hefty fines, suspension or revocation of license. Pool contractors who have never failed to submit their conviction or plea are usually granted more leniency than those who previously failed to meet this requirement. 

Keep in mind that a conviction does not inevitably result in disciplinary actions that impact your profession or license as a pool contractor. Though, if you disregard your obligation to report this to the CILB within 30 days, the department may be less sympathetic when evaluating your case. Factors that affect the board’s ruling on the disciplinary action you confront for failure to report a conviction or plea deal include: 

  • The severity of the crime
  • The relationship between the crime and pool contracting
  • The expected damage you caused to the consumer or public
  • The presence or absence of prior disciplinary actions on your record

Whether your pool contractor’s license will be either temporarily or permanently affected depends on the specifics of the crime. Speak to The Umansky Law Firm’s criminal and administrative defense lawyers to learn more about your situation’s potential consequences.

Talk to a Skilled Florida Professional License Defense Lawyer in Orlando

Suppose you’re a Florida pool and spa contractor who has been indicted for committing a criminal act and are now facing penalties for failing to report the crime to the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board. In that case, you need experienced legal counsel on your side. For reliable representation protecting your rights, license, and future as a professional pool contractor, contact The Umansky Law Firm’s seasoned and aggressive team of criminal and professional license defense attorneys.

Our Central Florida criminal defense team includes law professionals who previously served as prosecutors and public defenders. Some have even worked directly with the Florida DBPR. When your future career and wellbeing are on the line, you need experienced legal representation who knows what it takes to defend against not only criminal penalties but the administrative sanctions that licensed professionals face. Our experienced legal team brings over 100 years of collective legal knowledge, providing the skill and resources required to investigate your case and fight for the most advantageous result. 

To consult with one of our knowledgeable administrative lawyers experienced in representing individuals before the DBPR, call (407) 228-3838 or complete a contact form today.