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What happens if the Department of Business and Professional Regulation issues an Administrative Complaint against my construction license?

If you are a Certified General Contractor or hold any other construction contractor license under the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and the Department seeks to discipline you, they will give you notice via a legal document called an administrative complaint. This will tell you what factual findings they are claiming and what disciplinary violations they are accusing you of, as well as to the penalties they have requested the Construction Industry Licensing Board enforce against your license. Attached to the administrative complaint will be an election of rights form. This is your opportunity to challenge the allegations the Department has brought against you.

Most importantly, you only have 21 days to respond to the administrative complaint by filing the election of rights form. If you decline or neglect to take action, the Board will accept the factual findings against your license as true and assess whatever penalty they see fit. If this happens, you will lose your right to dispute the factual findings.

When properly challenged, it may be possible to resolve the administrative complaint against you by reaching a settlement agreement. The advice of an experienced attorney can be crucial to negotiating your case with the attorneys of the Department to possibly reach a reasonable settlement of your case and argue for its acceptance at a meeting before the Construction Industry Licensing Board.

If you have received an administrative complaint from the Construction Industry Licensing Board, then time is of the essence. Call the law offices of Howell, Buchan & Strong at (850) 877-7776 now to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation. Our experienced administrative lawyers want to protect your license and livelihood.

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