Chicago Locksmith License Defense Lawyer

The Illinois Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, and Fingerprint Vendor Board, a division of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, or IDFPR, licenses and regulates nearly 500 Locksmiths in Illinois. The majority of IDFPR licensed Locksmiths are in the Chicago area. IDFPR enforces regulations related to Locksmiths licenses in Illinois and investigates consumer Complaints made against Locksmiths.  If IDFPR Enforcement believes a legal violation has occurred, the Department may file a formal disciplinary Complaint, which begins the Administrative Law process for the Illinois Professional License Defense system. At some point in their career, a Locksmith may require the services of an Illinois Locksmith License Lawyer.    

Chicago Illinois Locksmith License Hearing Attorney and Discipline Lawyer

The Illinois Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, and Fingerprint Vendor Board, a division of IDFPR, may initiate an investigation of a Locksmith arising from a consumer Complaint. However, in some instances, particularly those where the underlying matter is a criminal conviction, the matter may be referred by another state agency, such as a State's Attorney's Office. An IDFPR Investigator will investigate the Complaint against a Locksmith. Many IDFPR Investigators are retired police officers from Chicago, Cook County and surrounding suburbs. Thus, the Investigators are well trained in obtaining and analyzing information. Often, the Investigator will request information from the Locksmith in writing. In some cases, the IDFPR Investigator will seek to interview the licensed professional. If there is enough evidence to suggest misconduct by the licensed professional, an IDFPR Staff Attorney will schedule a Disciplinary Conference.

The Disciplinary Conference may result in a Consent Agreement, or settlement with IDFPR. If the Disciplinary Conference does not result in a Consent Agreement, IDFPR can file a formal disciplinary Complaint against the Locksmith. The Locksmith must file an Answer to the Complaint. IDFPR and the licensee will exchange evidence in a process called discovery. There may be additional opportunities to settle an Illinois Department of Financial and Profession Regulation disciplinary action prior to the Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. These opportunities may be through a settlement conference with an Administrative Law Judge, or out of court between IDFPR and the Respondent.

An Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, or IDFPR, Hearing occurs in either Chicago or Springfield. IDFPR is represented by a Staff Attorney. At the IDFPR Hearing, an Administrative Law Judge acts as the trier of fact in an IDFPR Administrative disciplinary proceeding. In most cases, the burden of proof is on the State to show by a preponderance of the evidence that a violation has been committed and warrants license discipline. Both sides have the opportunity to make opening statements, question witnesses, present documentary evidence and provide closing arguments. The Administrative Law Judge submits a written recommended decision called Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Recommendations to the Board or Committee. This decision is not binding. The Board members from each licensing Board under IDFPR review the Administrative Law Judge's findings and the record of the proceeding to determine their recommendation to the IDFPR Director. The lawyer for the Locksmith then has twenty days to write a response to the Board's recommended discipline to the IDFPR Director. This is called a Twenty Day Notice. The IDFPR Director then issues a Final Order of discipline. The Final Order of discipline can be appealed to the Circuit Court in the County where the Hearing occurred within 35 days of the issuance of the Final Order of discipline.

If discipline is imposed, discipline may include a Reprimand, Probation, Suspension, an Indefinite Suspension, or even Revocation of an IDFPR professional license. If you are facing an IDFPR Hearing, contact a Chicago Illinois Locksmith License Attorney for representation on an IDFPR disciplinary matter.

Chicago Illinois IDFPR Locksmith License Defense Attorney

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, or IDFPR, personnel investigate consumer Complaints and conduct Sting Operations. Illinois Locksmiths commit a number of violations related to the Illinois Compiled Statutes sections regarding Locksmith licensing. Furthermore, IDFPR may impose discipline of Locksmiths due to criminal convictions and even the failure to pay Illinois State income taxes. Our Illinois Professional License Defense Attorney represents Locksmiths from ChicagoCook CountyDuPage CountyLake County and Schaumburg. If you are a Locksmith facing Locksmith license discipline in Illinois, contact a Chicago Locksmith license defense lawyer for representation.

Chicago Illinois Locksmith License and Criminal Conviction

The Illinois Compiled Statutes enable the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, or IDFPR, to discipline licensees for criminal convictions. Thus, Locksmiths convicted of a criminal offense in Illinois may be subject to IDFPR disciplinary action. A conviction occurs when judgment is imposed on a Locksmith who pleaded guilty or no contest and the time for appeal has expired. Criminal convictions for the following offenses may invoke discipline on the license of a Locksmith in Illinois:

Criminal Sexual Assault, in violation of Illinois Compiled Statutes § 720 ILCS 5/12-13.
Delivery of a Controlled Substance, in violation of Illinois Compiled Statutes § 720 ILCS 570/401.
Domestic Battery, in violation of Illinois Compiled Statutes § 720 ILCS 5/12-3.2.
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI), in violation of Illinois Compiled Statutes § 625 ILCS 5/11-501.
Insurance Fraud, in violation of Illinois Compiled Statutes § 720 ILCS 5/17-10.5.
Possession of a Controlled Substance, in violation of Illinois Compiled Statutes § 720 ILCS 570/1.
Retail Theft, in violation of Illinois Compiled Statutes § 720 ILCS 5/16-25.
Theft, in violation of Illinois Compiled Statutes § 720 ILCS 5/16-1.

If you are a Locksmith owner facing Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, or IDFPR, license discipline due to a criminal conviction, contact a Chicago Locksmith License Attorney for representation.

Chicago Illinois Locksmith License Letter of Denial Appeal Attorney

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation enables licensing boards to deny professional licenses to applicants for a variety of reasons. IDFPR will issue an Intent to Deny letter, or Letter of Denial, to an applicant. The applicant only has a limited time to Appeal an Intent to Deny Letter. The applicant may receive a notice to schedule an informal conference with the Department. The Department is represented at this conference by an IDFPR Staff Attorney. In some cases, the denial can be resolved at the informal conference with IDFPR. If the informal conference does not result in a settlement and the parties cannot settle the matter during the pendency of the case, the matter will proceed to an IDFPR Administrative Hearing. The Administrative Hearing is conducted in the same manner as if the licensee was facing an IDFPR disciplinary Hearing. However, the burden of proof in a license denial matter rests with the applicant. The applicant must prove by clear and convincing evidence that they have the rehabilitation and moral character necessary to hold a Locksmith license in Illinois. If you are facing a Locksmith license Intent to Deny, or Letter of Denial, in Illinois, contact a Chicago Locksmith License Defense Lawyer.

Chicago Illinois Locksmith License Petition for Restoration Lawyer

Locksmiths who have been subject to Locksmith license discipline in Illinois may file a Petition for Restoration with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, or IDFPR. A Petition for Restoration can be used to terminate probation, suspension and indefinite suspension. A Petition for Restoration can also be used as a Petition for Reinstatement of a Locksmiths license. A Petition for Restoration must state the factual and legal reasons for why IDFPR should grant the Petition for Reinstatement. The burden of proof is on the applicant to show by clear and convincing evidence that Restoration or Reinstatement of the license is warranted. In some instances, an Administrative Law Hearing may be held to hear testimonial evidence. Petitions for Restoration must show an acknowledgement of responsibility for the underlying conduct that led to the revocation, evidence of rehabilitation and proof of correction for any action. If you are seeking to file an IDFPR Petition for Restoration as a Locksmith before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, contact a Chicago Locksmith License Lawyer for representation.

Law Offices of Steven R. Roach
T: (312) 919-8076
T: (630) 635-5818
Office Locations:

Cook County:
8501 W. Higgins Road, Suite 420
Chicago, IL 60631

1701 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 1101
Schaumburg, IL 60173

DuPage County:
1755 S. Naperville Road, Suite 100
Wheaton, IL 60189

Lake County:
250 Parkway Drive #150
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
(Seth Weinstein, Esq., Of Counsel)
Circuit Court of Cook County
Circuit Court of DuPage County
Circuit Court of Lake County
State of Illinois
Illinois Compiled Statutes

Our Chicago IDFPR Defense Attorney Represents:
Locksmiths Facing License Revocation
Locksmiths Facing Professional License Discipline
Locksmiths Facing IDFPR Investigation
Locksmiths With Administrative Law Issues
Individuals Denied a Locksmith License


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