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California Professional License Defense Case Results

In the Matter of the California Contractors State License Board Accusation Against Contractor: The client, a B License General Contractor in Los Angeles, received an Accusation from the California Contractors State License Board. The Accusation alleged Aiding and Abetting an Unlicensed Contractor, Departure From Accepted Trade Standards, Departure From Plans or Specifications and Home Improvement Form Contract Violations. The allegations stemmed from the client performing poor work quality on beachfront property. The poor work quality resulted in $350,000 damage to the residence after a large storm. CSLB agreed to a Stipulated Agreement (settlement) with the Contractor. The client was placed on CSLB probation.

In the Matter of the California Contractors State License Board Accusation Against Contractor: The client, a B License General Contractor in Los Angeles, received an Accusation from the California Contractors State License Board. The Accusation alleged Accepting an Excessive Deposit, Departure From Accepted Trade Standards, Departure From Plans or Specifications and Home Improvement Form Contract Violations. The Contractor and the homeowners were also engaged in a contentious civil lawsuit in Superior Court. The homeowners alleged poor worksmanship caused nearly $500,000 in damage. A review of the evidence showed that the Contractor did not intentionally cause these issues with the residence. The homeowners also possessed credibility issues. CSLB agreed to a Stipulated Agreement (settlement) with the Contractor. The client was placed on CSLB probation with no order of Restitution to the homeowners.

In the Matter of the California Contractors State License Board Accusation Against Contractor: A Los Angeles General Contractor faced an Accusation by the California Contractors State License Board. The Accusation occurred due to the client’s Responsible Managing Officer (RMO) receiving numerous consumer Complaints on the RMO’s other licenses. CSLB dismissed the client from the Accusation upon showing that the client did not participate in any of the events leading to the Accusation.

In the Matter of the California Contractors State License Board Accusation Against Contractor: A San Diego General Contractor faced an Accusation by the California Contractors State License Board. The Accusation occurred due to the client’s Responsible Managing Officer (RMO) receiving numerous consumer Complaints on the RMO’s other licenses. The client previously failed to respond to the Accusation. CSLB issued a Default Decision and Order against the client. We filed a Petition for Reconsideration on the client’s behalf to Set Aside the Default Decision and Order. CSLB granted the Petition for Reconsideration. CSLB dismissed the client from the Accusation upon showing that the client did not participate in any of the events leading to the Accusation.

In the Matter of the California Contractors State License Board Investigation Against Contractor: A Los Angeles General Contractor faced an investigation by the California Contractors State License Board due to a consumer Complaint. The customer believed that the Contractor Departed From Accepted Trade Standards, Departed From Plans or Specifications and Accepted Payment in Excess of Work Performed. The California Contractors State License Board closed the investigation against the Contractor and referred the consumer to the Civil Court process for redress.

In the Matter of the California Contractors State License Board Investigation Against Contractor: A General Contractor working in both Los Angeles and San Jose faced an investigation by the California Contractors State License Board due to a consumer Complaint. The customer alleged a Departure From Accepted Trade Standards, Departure From Plans or Specifications and Elder Abuse. The customer also filed a civil lawsuit against the Contractor in Superior Court. Furthermore, CSLB alleged that the Responsible Managing Officer (RMO) committed Aiding and Abetting an Unlicensed Contractor and Failure to Exercise Qualifier Responsibility. The California Contractors State License Board closed the investigation against the Contractor and referred the consumer to the Civil Court process for redress.

In the Matter of the California Contractors State License Board Investigation Against Contractor: A Los Angeles General Contractor faced an investigation by the California Contractors State License Board due to Complaints from subcontractors and the Bond Company. The subcontractors and Bond Company alleged nonpayment of funds. After payment of the funds, the CSLB closed the investigation against the Contractor.

In the Matter of the California Contractors State License Board Statement of Issues (License Denial) Against Prospective Contractor Applicant: The California Contractors State License Board denied the prospective Contractor a C-36 Plumbing License due to five felony convictions. The felony convictions were for Assault With a Deadly Weapon, Grand Theft, Possession for Sale of Narcotics and Possession of a Controlled Substance. The most recent conviction occurred three years prior to the submission of the application. The prospective Contractor participated in extensive substance abuse rehabilitation for drug addiction, became sober and engaged in community service. The matter proceeded to Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge at the California Office of Administrative Hearings in Los Angeles. The Administrative Law Judge granted the prospective Contractor a probationary Contractor License.

In the Matter of the California Contractors State License Board Accusation Against Home Improvement Salesperson: A Los Angeles Home Improvement Salesperson faced an Accusation by the California Contractors State License Board. The allegations included Departure From Accepted Trade Standards, Elder Abuse, Failure to Pull Permits and Willful and Fraudulent Acts in two separate Complaints. The Home Improvement Salesperson allegedly fabricated the extent of repairs necessary to the elderly homeowners. One of the elderly homeowners was coerced into signing up for a high interest credit card to finance the project. A review of the facts revealed numerous evidentiary issues for CSLB. CSLB agreed to a Stipulated Agreement (settlement) of probation for the Home Improvement Salesperson. The Home Improvement Salesperson was placed on CSLB probation.

In the Matter of the California Contractors State License Board Accusation Against Home Improvement Salesperson: The client, a Registered Home Improvement Salesperson in Los Angeles, received an Accusation from the California Contractors State License Board. The Accusation alleged Contracting Without a License, Fraudulent Use of a Contractor’s License, Failure to Maintain Worker’s Compensation Insurance, Departure From Accepted Trade Standards, Accepting an Excessive Deposit and Home Improvement Form Contract Violations. The allegations stemmed from the client failing to inform his Contractor of a job that he procured. The client was additionally convicted of misdemeanor Contracting Without a License in Criminal Court. CSLB agreed to a Stipulated Agreement (settlement) with the Home Improvement Salesperson. The client was placed on CSLB probation.

In the Matter of the California Contractors State License Board Petition to Revoke Probation Against Home Improvement Salesperson: A Los Angeles Home Improvement Salesperson allegedly failed to comply with the terms and conditions of his California Contractors State License Board Probation. CSLB revoked the Home Improvement Salesperson’s probation and issued an Order of Revocation of his Home Improvement Salesperson Registration. We filed a Petition for Reconsideration to Set Aside the Order of Revocation. CSLB agreed with the arguments set forth in the Petition for Reconsideration. CSLB reinstated the Home Improvement Salesperson’s Registration under the original terms and conditions of CSLB probation.

In the Matter of the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists Accusation Against Land Surveyor: The client was a Land Surveyor licensed in both California and Texas. The Land Surveyor received several Complaints from trade organizations in Los Angeles and Riverside County due to faulty surveys and improperly filed Records of Survey. The California BPELSG filed a disciplinary Accusation against the Land Surveyor. Due to extensive mitigation evidence presented to the Board and to the Attorney General’s Office, the Board agreed to a Stipulated Agreement (settlement) with the Land Surveyor. The Land Surveyor was placed on probation with several modifications to allow for probation to be completed outside of California.

In the Matter of the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists Accusation Against Land Surveyor: The client, a San Diego Land Surveyor, received an Accusation. The Accusation spanned four consumer Complaints and amounted to 34 alleged violations. The BPELSG refused to enter into a Stipulated Agreement (settlement) with the Land Surveyor. The BPELSG demanded the client surrender his Land Surveyor License. The matter proceeded to Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge from the California Office of Administrative Hearings in San Diego. At Hearing, the Administrative Law Judge dismissed nearly half of the alleged violations. The client demonstrated that he was not a danger to the public as a Registered Nurse. The Administrative Law Judge granted the Land Surveyor BPELSG probation.

In the Matter of the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists Accusation Against Civil Engineer: The client, a Los Angeles Civil Engineer, received an Accusation. The Accusation spanned six consumer Complaints and amounted to over 30 alleged violations. The client presented significant evidence of personal issues during the time of the violations. Furthermore, the client presented numerous corrective measures to make his business fully compliant with the law. The Civil Engineer entered into a Stipulated Agreement (settlement) with the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists. The client received BPELSG probation.

In the Matter of the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services Disciplinary Review Hearing of Alarm Company Employee: The client was an Alarm Company Employee for a major commercial Alarm Company in Los Angeles. The client had been convicted of misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI) and felony Child Endangerment. Police arrested the client for DUI while she had several children in the car. As a result of the felony conviction, the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services immediately suspended the client’s Alarm Company Employee Registration. BSIS held an informal Disciplinary Review Hearing in Riverside to determine whether the Alarm Company Employee Registration should remain suspended or restored to active status. After the Disciplinary Review Hearing, BSIS restored the client’s Alarm Company Employee Registration to active status.

In the Matter of the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services Disciplinary Review Hearing of Security Guard: The client was a Security Guard Manager for a large Private Patrol Operator in Los Angeles. The client had been convicted of felony Stalking. As a result of the felony conviction, BSIS immediately suspended the client’s Guard Card. BSIS held an informal Disciplinary Review Hearing in Riverside to determine whether the Guard Card should remain suspended or restored to active status. After the Disciplinary Review Hearing, BSIS restored the client’s Guard Card to active status.

In the Matter of the Court Reporters Board of California Statement of Issues (License Denial) Against Prospective Court Reporter Applicant: The client, a prospective Court Reporter Applicant from Las Nevada, was denied a Court Reporters License in California. The client, a Court Reporter in Nevada, was denied licensure in California due to prior discipline in Nevada. The prior discipline occurred because the prospective Court Reporter failed to timely file transcripts while working as a Court Reporter in Nevada. The prospective Court Reporter entered into a Stipulated Agreement (settlement) with the Court Reporters Board of California. The client received Court Reporters Board of California probation.