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California Administrative Law Attorney

We defend individuals in California Coastal Commission enforcement actions

California Coastal Commission Enforcement Defense Attorney

California Coastal Commission Enforcement Defense Lawyer

The California Coastal Commission enforces access to the California coastline and beaches in the State of California. The California Coastal Commission enforces regulations for Coastal Development Permits (CDPs) and coastal habitats and coastal public access. Most landowners on the California coast minimal or no contact with the enforcement arm of the California Coastal Commission. For individuals that become part of the California Coastal Commission disciplinary process, the consequences are profound. The California Coastal Commission enforcement disciplinary process is complex, procedural and time consuming. Individuals facing the California Coastal Commission disciplinary process should seek legal representation from an experienced California Coastal Commission Enforcement Defense Attorney.

Common causes of action for California Coastal Commission Administrative Enforcement Actions against California coastal landowners include:

  • Building Code Violations
  • Changes in Property Use
  • Coastal Development Permit (CDP) Violations
  • California Fish and Game Code Violations
  • Environmental Violations
  • Illegal Fencing
  • Municipal Code Violations
  • Public Access Violations
  • Unlawful Construction
  • Unpermitted Development

California Coastal Commission Investigation Defense Lawyer

The majority of California Coastal Commission investigations begin with the filing of a consumer Complaint. However, California Coastal Commission Investigations also occur through sting operations and criminal investigations. The California Coastal Commission utilizes non sworn civilian investigators to conduct investigations. These employees investigate Administrative Law violations under the jurisdiction of the California Coastal Commission. California Coastal Commission enforcement staff often work closely with the California Attorney General’s Office and local law enforcement. Administrative Law Due Process Rights differ substantially from the Due Process Rights accorded in criminal law.

It is important to have an attorney that understands the California Coastal Commission disciplinary process. At the conclusion of a California Coastal Commission investigation, the California Coastal Commission has several options. The California Coastal Commission can choose to close the Investigation. The California Coastal Commission can hold an informal conference to try to resolve the enforcement action. The California Coastal Commission can choose to issue a Citation. The California Coastal Commission can also choose to initiate a Notice of Violation. In cases involving criminal conduct, the California Coastal Commission may refer the case to the District Attorney’s Office or Attorney General’s Office for criminal prosecution. If you are a landowner on the California coastline facing a California Coastal Commission investigation, contact a California Coastal Commission Investigation Defense Attorney for representation.

California Coastal Commission Citation and Enforcement Action Defense Attorney

A California Coastal Commission Administrative disciplinary enforcement action contains numerous consequences. Maximum fines for violations are astronomical. In many instances, these fines can be reduced through negotiations with the California Coastal Commission. If a violation cannot be settled, the violation can proceed to a Hearing before the California Coastal Commission. Individuals facing a California Coastal Commission Enforcement Action should contact an experienced California Coastal Commission Enforcement Action Defense Attorney for representation.

California Coastal Commission Hearing Attorney

The California Coastal Commission is headquartered in Sacrament and maintains several District Office locations. These District locations are in Arcata, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco Santa Cruz and Ventura. In some instances, Hearings may be held in Los Angeles, Oakland, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. The Administrative Law Hearing is a formal Hearing before the California Coastal Commission.

The California Coastal Commission action is called the Final Decision and Order. There are two main rights of Appeal of a Final Decision and Order. California Government Code § 11521 allows an individual to file a Petition for Reconsideration prior to the effective date of the Final Decision and Order. Pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure § 1094.5, the landowner can also file a Petition for Writ of Mandamus in Superior Court. A Writ must be filed within 30 days of the effective date of the Final Decision and Order. California coastal landowners facing a California Coastal Commission Administrative Law Hearing need effective representation from a California Coastal Commission Enforcement Action Defense Lawyer.

California Coastal Commission and Criminal Investigations

The California Coastal Commission often investigates criminal violations related to coastal regulations. The California Coastal Commission can refer matters for criminal prosecution to local District Attorney’s Offices and the California Attorney General’s Office. In some instances, California Coast Commission Administrative Law violations are also criminal offenses. California coastal landowners facing criminal investigation and criminal prosecution arising from a California Coastal Commission Investigation need an experienced California Coastal Commission Defense Attorney for representation.