Contractors beware! Not only can the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) discipline you for any fraud or theft offense you commit against a client, but it can also discipline you for receiving almost any misdemeanor or felony conviction…even if it is expunged.
This is because California contractors are subject to professional discipline for criminal convictions. And while not every conviction will subject a California contractor to professional discipline, any conviction that is “substantially related” to the contractor’s ability to perform his/her work in a safe and responsible manner will.
The problem is that California courts have broadly defined “substantially related.” They have held that offenses involving physical violence, fraud, theft, or dishonesty are all substantially related to contractors work…even when they do not involve a client or job-related matter.
So, what can you do if you are convicted of an offense while you hold a state contractor’s license? Immediately contact a skilled attorney who can help you demonstrate why the conviction isn’t substantially related to your work and why you should be able to continue practicing your profession.