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California Financial License Defense Attorney

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California MLO License Defense Attorney

California Department of MLO License Defense Lawyer

The California Department of Business Oversight, known as DBO, licenses several hundred thousand Mortgage Loan Originators in the State of California. Most California Mortgage Loan Originators have minimal or no contact with the enforcement arm of the California Department of Business Oversight. For Mortgage Loan Originators who become part of the California Department of Business Oversight’s disciplinary process, the consequences are profound. The MLO License disciplinary process is complex, procedural and time consuming. Mortgage Loan Originators facing the California Department of Business Oversight disciplinary process should seek legal representation from an experienced California MLO License Defense Attorney.

California Department of Business Oversight Investigation Defense Lawyer

The majority of California Department of Business Oversight investigations begin with the filing of a consumer Complaint. However, California Department of Business Oversight Investigations also occur through sting operations, criminal conviction referrals and criminal investigations. The California Department of Business Oversight employs non sworn Enforcement Representatives to conduct non criminal investigations. The California Department of Business Oversight employs sworn Peace Officer Investigators to conduct criminal investigations against Mortgage Loan Originators. These employees investigate criminal and administrative law violations. 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 Department of Business Oversight disciplinary process. At the conclusion of a California Department of Business Oversight investigation, the Department has several options. The Department can choose to close the Complaint. The Department can choose to issue a Citation. The Department can also choose to refer the matter to the California Department of Business Oversight Legal Division. The California Department of Business Oversight Legal Division will determine whether cause exists to file a formal disciplinary Accusation. In cases involving criminal conduct, the Department may refer the case to the District Attorney’s Office for criminal prosecution.

If you are an MLO Licensee facing a California Department of Business Oversight investigation, contact a California Department of MLO License Defense Attorney for representation.

California MLO License Accusation Defense Attorney

A formal Accusation served on a California MLO Licensee serves as notice to an MLO that the Department intends to revoke the Mortgage Loan Originators’ License. The MLO, now called the Respondent, has only 15 days from the date that the Accusation was served (not received, but served) to file a Notice of Defense. The failure to file a Notice of Defense results in a Default against the MLO. A Default will result in the immediate Revocation of the Mortgage Loan Originators’ License.

An Accusation is a serious matter that can result in the suspension or revocation of an MLO License in California. In many cases, it is possible for Mortgage Loan Originators to reach a Stipulated Agreement with the California Department of Business Oversight. A Stipulated Agreement is a formal term for a settlement agreement. If a Stipulated Agreement cannot be reached, the parties will proceed to a formal Hearing before the California Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).

Mortgage Loan Originators facing a California Department of Business Oversight Accusation should contact an experienced California MLO License Defense Attorney for representation.

California MLO License Hearing Attorney

The California Office of Administrative Hearings, also known as OAH, maintains several Court Hearing locations. These Court locations are in Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento and San Diego. In some instances, Hearings may be held offsite in Bakersfield, Fresno, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Jose or Ventura. The Administrative Law Hearing is a formal Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.

The Administrative Law Judge, or ALJ, will issue a written Proposed Decision approximately 30 days after the Hearing. The California Department of Business Oversight can adopt, modify or reject the ALJ’s Proposed Decision. The California Department of Business Oversight’s 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 MLO 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 MLO 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 Mortgage Loan Originators facing a California Department of Business Oversight Administrative Law Hearing need effective representation from a California MLO License Defense Lawyer.

California MLO License and Criminal Convictions

The California Department of Business Oversight can discipline Mortgage Loan Originators for criminal convictions. California Department of Business Oversight discipline occurs for convictions for crimes involving moral turpitude. Discipline also occurs for criminal convictions that are substantially related to the duties, functions and qualifications of an MLO. Common criminal offenses that can cause MLO License discipline are DUI, Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse, Fraud, Forgery, Identity Theft and Theft.

The California Department of Business Oversight and other law enforcement agencies also investigate criminal conduct by Mortgage Loan Originators in the course and scope of their trade. Criminal investigations often involve Mortgage Loan Originators engaged in Elder Financial Abuse, Fraud and Theft. In serious criminal cases against Mortgage Loan Originators pending in Criminal Court, the California Department of Business Oversight and the Department of Business Oversight Legal Division may seek a California Penal Code § 23 Order against the MLO. A California Penal Code § 23 Order seeks to suspend an MLO License in Criminal Court.

Mortgage Loan Originators facing criminal charges and Mortgage Loan Originators who are convicted of criminal offenses need an experienced California MLO License Defense Attorney for representation in disciplinary proceedings before the California Department of Business Oversight.

California MLO License Statement of Issues Attorney

The California Department of Business Oversight thoroughly investigates all applicants for MLO Licenses. The California Department of Business Oversight may deny a California MLO License for a variety of reasons. Most California MLO License denials occur due to criminal convictions, financial problems or misstatements on the MLO License application. Statement of Issues Hearings and Accusation Hearings before the Office of Administrative Hearings maintain a similar procedure. However, in a Statement of Issues Hearing, the applicant bears the burden of proof. Individuals denied an MLO License should contact a California MLO License Denial Lawyer for representation in a California Department of Business Oversight Statement of Issues Hearing.

California MLO License Petition for Reinstatement Lawyer

A Petition for Reinstatement allows Mortgage Loan Originators who have received an MLO License Revocation to reinstate their License. The Petition for Reinstatement must show by clear and convincing evidence the factual and legal reasons to warrant the MLO License Reinstatement. Rehabilitation from past misconduct is the primary factor in a Petition for Reinstatement before the California Department of Business Oversight. A successful MLO License Petition for Reinstatement requires representation by an experienced California MLO License Defense Attorney.