Failing to timely self-report offenses, convictions, or pleas could result in discipline by the DBPR
Failing to timely report offenses, convictions, or pleas could result in disciple by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). For instance, driving without a driver’s license may seem like a harmless offense however, if you hold a license issued by DBPR failing to report such an offense could have devastating consequences. It is in your best interest to be timely and forthcoming with information regarding offenses, convictions, or pleas.
Pursuant to section 455.227(1)(t), Florida Statutes, a real estate licensee is subject to discipline if the licensee:
[f]ails to report in writing to the board or, if there is no board, to the department within 30 days after the licensee is convicted, or found guilty of, or entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to, regardless of adjudication, a crime in any jurisdiction, A licensee must report a conviction, finding of guilt, plea, or adjudication entered before the effective date of this paragraph within 30 days after the effective date of this paragraph.
Pursuant to section 475.25, Florida Statutes, the repercussions for such offense include, but not limited to suspension or permanent revocation of licensure, restriction of practice, probation, or fine. DBPR has broad discretion in determining which corrective action would be appropriate. Mitigating factors may be presented to the regulating agency to reduce penalties.
Here at Howell, Buchan, and Strong we understand that life happens, and you may inadvertently miss the deadline for self-reporting an offense, conviction, or plea. Howell, Buchan & Strong attorneys can assist with present mitigating factors to the regulating agency.
Let Us Help You:
- Understand your options.
- Review your letter from the DPBR.
- Advise you on how to successfully navigate the system.
- Advise you on the approach to meeting with Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC), or the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board (FREAB).
- Argue mitigating circumstances which might lessen the penalties.
- Represent you and your case before the FREC or the FREAB.
Moving swiftly and efficiently in developing the defense of your real estate license is the best approach under these circumstances. At Howell, Buchan & Strong Attorneys at Law, we are uniquely qualified to defend your license. Not only do we have decades of experience dealing with state government agencies and the legal issues that arise; we also have offices that are conveniently located in Tallahassee, Florida’s Capital City, where the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is based, and a secondary office in Orlando, headquarters for the Florida Real Estate Commission.
Our law firm is experienced in DBPR real estate license defense concerns. Howell, Buchan & Strong, Attorneys at Law represent licensed professionals in Florida with advice and representation.
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