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CPA Arrested in Florida? When to Self-report a Conviction

December 22, 2020
Est read time: 2 minutes

Florida law requires that a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) report a criminal conviction to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), Division of Certified Public Accounting.

This must be done with a standard, publicly available form known as a Criminal Self-Reporting Document, which must be filled out and mailed to 240 NW 76th Dr., Suite A, Gainesville, FL 32607.

When and Who Must Report a Criminal Proceeding?

This must be done by any CPA who is found guilty, pleads guilty, or pleads nolo contendere (no contest), to any crime in any jurisdiction, regardless of whether adjudication is withheld. That means an adjudication withheld disposition still requires reporting. This must be done within 30 days after the accountant is convicted or pleads.

What if a CPA Does Not Timely Self-report?

If the small but important task of self-reporting a criminal charge is not done in a timely manner, an administrative complaint may result from the omission.

The accountant who fails to meet the reporting requirements may receive an administrative complaint from DBPR. If this happens, the CPA could face disciplinary penalties including a reprimand, a fine of up to $5,000, and even the suspension of their license to practice.

If you are a CPA who has received an administrative complaint from DBPR, or you anticipate that you might, then the most important step you can take to protect your license is to seek the guidance of an experienced administrative lawyer. The law firm of Howell, Buchan & Strong has the experience and expertise needed to defend you and your license.

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