Los Angeles Professional License Defense Attorney
Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States and the home of the entertainment industry. Many professionals with California professional licenses live and work in the City of Angels. Governing these occupations are the California regulatory agencies and departments that license and regulate the numerous professions practiced by individuals in the state.
An Administrative Law system strictly governs the licensing and regulation of business in California. At the state level, the California Business & Professions Code provides the rules and regulations that each professional licensee must follow. Additionally, each agency and department is allowed to set certain guidelines for each specific professional license.
Violations of the Business & Professions Code or of agency regulations are heard in the Administrative Law Courts, managed by the Office of Administrative Hearings. Responsibility for investigating and prosecuting Administrative Law violations falls to the individual Agency or Department or in some cases, to the California Department of Justice (Office of the Attorney General).
Administrative Law Complaints are called Accusations and Citations, depending on the nature of the conduct. Certain violations of the Business & Professions Code are also enforced in Criminal Court. This means that a professional licensee may face both a criminal prosecution and administrative action.
The Law Offices of Seth Weinstein defends the following professional licenses subject to the California Business & Professions Code and regulatory agencies including:
If an Accusation or Citation is filed against an individual holding a professional license, contact an attorney immediately. In most actions, the accused only has fifteen calendar days to preserve their rights to a defense and hearing. The preservation of the right to a hearing also includes the right to negotiate with the agency or Attorney General’s Office.
It is always advisable to hire an attorney prior to the filing of an Accusation or Citation because in many instances, an Administrative Law attorney can work with the agency or department to remedy the issue. Most actions against an individual are made public and in some cases, active investigations become known.
While the state licenses and regulates most occupations and professions, there are some that fall under County and City regulatory schemes. The rules are found in Municipal Ordinances and departmental regulations. Certain violations of the Municipal Code are considered criminal offenses and punishable as misdemeanors.
If you are facing a professional license issue in Los Angeles, contact Administrative Law attorney Seth Weinstein at (310) 707-7131.