Accused of Contracting Without a License? You Need a Chicago License Defense Attorney
With the exception of roofers, Illinois contractors are not regulated by the state. They are instead regulated by their local counties and cities. If you are operating in the Windy City, you must abide by not only Cook County’s laws but Chicago’s as well. As complicated as these laws may be, failure to abide by them could result in your license being suspended or revoked.
If you’ve been accused of contracting without a license in the City of Chicago, it’s imperative that you obtain the services of a Chicago license defense attorney from Cotney Attorneys & Consultants. The future of your company could depend on it.
Why You Should Call a Chicago License Defense Lawyer
In Chicago, the Department of Buildings oversees all permitting, inspections, and trade licensing. It is through them that you can obtain and renew your license. As stated on the City of Chicago’s website, “The failure to comply with the provisions of Chapter 4-36 of the Municipal Code (“Chapter 4-36”) may result in ineligibility to bid, inability to perform (or continue) to work, in substantial fines, and/or in the City's revoking the Bidder's “general contractor” license.”
To further illustrate how serious license revocation is, take a look at § 4-36-160 of the Chicago Building Code. Essentially, this chapter of the Chicago Building Code states that a person will be unable to obtain another general contractor license for four years once their license is revoked. This can be a death sentence for a construction company, and we haven’t even touched upon the numerous fines that can be incurred for violating the Chicago Building Code. Can you afford to wait four long years before being allowed to work again?
What Cotney Attorneys & Consultants Can Do for You
If you have been accused of contracting in Chicago without a valid license, a Chicago license defense lawyer with Cotney Attorneys & Consultants can develop an effective defense for your case. Depending on the specifics of your case, your defense may consist of proving that you were properly insured the whole time or are taking steps to correct the issue. In the event that a penalty is unavoidable, our attorneys can work to have it reduced — anything to ensure that your business is protected and that you can get back to work.
The annual license fee is minuscule in comparison to the cost of having your license revoked. Whether you’re a contractor, architect, or engineer, we can defend you in Chicago and Cook County. Don’t leave the future of your business up to chance. Call a Chicago license defense attorney from Cotney Attorneys & Consultants.
If you would like to speak with a Chicago license defense lawyer, please contact us today.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.