FLORIDA PROFESSIONAL LICENSE BLOG

Facing DBPR Administrative Complaint in Florida? Here’s What to Do.

 DBPR Administrative ComplaintsThe Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is the state agency, located in Tallahassee, Florida, which licenses and regulates businesses and professionals in the State of Florida. Our law firm focuses on the representation of business licensees and their facilities before DBPR. The DBPR regulates alcohol and tobacco licenses, hotels and restaurants, real estate agents, barbers, and cosmetologist, amongst others.

We advise companies and professional licensees with the initial application process for licensure, change of ownership issues, and renewal and expiration issues. In addition, we represent clients who have received a DBPR Administrative Complaint or other forms of discipline issued by DBPR.


DBPR Administrative Complaints

Complaints can originate from a variety of sources, such as competitors, unhappy clients or customers, or from DBPR itself during regular inspections. If you have received a letter or other communication from DBPR, do not go at it alone. DBPR and its employee’s goals are to protect the public. Do not make the mistake of thinking DBPR is there to assist you. Once a complaint has been originated, this can lead to an investigation and eventually an Administrative Complaint. The Administrative Complaint shall be issued by DBPR per Florida Law.

Do not take the filed complaint lightly. Once you receive an Administrative Complaint, you only have twenty-one (21) days to respond.  As a Florida Professional Licensee, you waive your rights to challenge the agency’s Administrative Complaint if you do not respond within the twenty-one (21) days. Waiving your rights could lead to severe penalties.

Experience That Will Address Your Concerns

Since 1965, Howell, Buchan & Strong, Attorneys at Law has been representing clients before state government agencies in Tallahassee, Florida’s Capital City. Two of our attorneys, Jeffrey S. Howell and Rickey L. Strong, serve as Adjunct Professors of Health Law at Florida A&M University’s School of Allied Health Sciences, Division of Health Care Management. Some of our attorneys, such as Benjamin K. Phipps,  have varying backgrounds with the Florida Department of Health, Senate Committee on Health Care in the Florida Legislature, and experience in the field of health care management, Real Estate, and Business. We are also litigators in State and Federal Courts. We represent licensed professionals with advice, counsel, and representation before all three branches of Florida government.

How Howell, Buchan & Strong, Attorneys at Law Can Help You
Give us a call and schedule a time to speak with an attorney about your issue or concern.  If you have been served with a letter, notice, DBPR administrative complaint or other documents from DBPR, we recommend you inform our legal assistant when you call and make arrangements to fax or email the documentation to us for review.  Because the government has time deadlines which affect your rights it is prudent to contact us promptly.  Avoid missing the deadline!

 

Have questions about the process? We're here to answer them. Reach us at 850-877-7776.

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