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Making fraudulent use of a contractor’s license number is a “wobbler” crime in California that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. It involves intentionally and willfully, with intent to defraud, using a contractor’s license number that is not your own valid number. It carries heavy penalties, including jail time and significant fines.

Beating fraud charges requires an in-depth understanding of California’s criminal justice system and business law. These cases are fact-dependent and should not be trusted to an inexperienced lawyer. Bring your case to Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP, where our legal team can use more than 25 years of experience to fight for your freedom. Call us today at (213) 688-0460 for a free initial consultation.

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Examples of Contractor’s License Number Fraud

This type of fraud involves using a contractor’s license number that was issued to someone else. For example:

  • An experienced construction worker who does not have a contractor’s license wants to bid on projects. He uses the license number of a contractor friend for his bids.
  • A person who wants to start a construction business but does not want to bother getting a license uses another contractor’s license to bid on jobs and complete projects.
  • A man who wants to make some extra money doing contractor work on the side uses a relative’s contractor’s license to secure a small job.

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Penalties for Fraud in Los Angeles

This offense can be charged and prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the criminal history of the defendant and the damages suffered by the victim. When contractor’s license number fraud is charged as a misdemeanor, it is punishable by jail time of up to one year or a maximum fine of $1,000, or both. When this offense is charged as a felony, the penalties are much steeper. They may include a state prison term of up to three years or a maximum fine of $10,000, or both.

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What Are the Legal Defenses to Fraudulent Use of a Number?

Possible defenses against charges of contractor’s license number fraud include the following:

  • No intent to defraud: If you accidentally used the license number of another contractor, you may be able to avoid a conviction. Intent to defraud is an element of this criminal offense. A person who has intent to defraud intends to deceive someone else out of property or money. If you did not intend this, it is a valid defense.
  • Duress: If you fraudulently used a contractor’s license number because someone else was threatening your life or well-being, it was done under duress. In this case, you may be able to avoid criminal charges.
  • No willful act: Fraudulent use of a contractor’s license number only occurs when someone willfully and intentionally uses the license number with intent to defraud. If your actions were not willful, you have a valid legal defense. For purposes of the law, “willfully” means doing something with purpose or willingness.

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What Offenses Are Related to Contractor’s License Number Fraud?

When you are charged with using a fraudulent contractor’s license number, you may also be charged with:

  • Contracting without a license: This involves doing business without a contractor’s license or operating with a suspended license.
  • False advertising: A person or company that makes false or misleading statements about the nature of a service or product offered to consumers commits the offense of false advertising.
  • Forging, counterfeiting, or possessing a fraudulent public seal: This offense involves forging a counterfeit design or symbol, such as the state seal on a driver’s license.

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Why Do You Need a Lawyer?

If you have been charged with contractor license fraud, the best way to resolve the matter favorably is to have an experienced lawyer by your side. Our Los Angeles white-collar defense attorneys at Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP have a proven track record of resolving issues quickly and quietly for clients. Call our office today at (213) 688-0460 to schedule an initial consultation, free of charge.

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