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Business & Professions Code Section 7028 was Amended to Increase Penalties on Unlicensed Contractors

Previously, the Contractors’ State License Laws under the Business & Professions Code, provided for the licensure and regulation of contractors by the Contractors’ State License Board.  Before the amendment, the law made it a misdemeanor for a person to engage in the business or act in the capacity of a contractor without having a license and makes a first offense punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for no more than 6 months, or by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or both, with increased penalties for subsequent offenses.  The law also had required a court to order a defendant convicted of a crime under those provisions, to pay restitution to the victim, as specified. As amended, the first conviction is still a misdemeanor, but is now punishable by a fine not exceeding $5,000 or by imprisonment in a county jail for no more than 6 months, as specified, or both, and subsequent convictions also would require higher penalties as well. The law also amended provides that a person who used the services of an unlicensed contractor is a victim of crime and eligible for restitution for economic losses, regardless of whether that person had knowledge that the contractor was unlicensed. See Business & Professions Code Section 7028 for the complete text of the code.

Nothing herein should be construed as legal advice or creating any attorney-client relationship. Please consult with an attorney for specific legal advice. Thank you.

All Rights Reserved © 2010 by Michael L. Mau, Esq.

The Mau Law Firm

Blog: http://maulaw.spaces.live.com

Website: www.MauLaw.com

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