I never told anyone I was a contractor. When I showed up to the house, there was people from the state licensing board there. Now I have this charge and I don't know if it can make me get deported. I found the work through friends. I am not a US citizen or permanent resident. I don't think I can get a contractor's license because of my immigration status.
I recommend speaking to both a criminal defense and immigration lawyer. Allow them to review your case in a confidential setting and advise you accordingly. Good luck.
I agree with Mr Omofoma. You will need both a criminal defense attorney to fight the criminal charge and you will need to consult with an immigration attorney to determine if there are any immigration consequences to the arrest. Section 7028(a) is a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of six months so it needs to e taken seriously.
I am not an immigration attorney, but as a criminal defense attorney I've handled quite a few "contracting without a license" cases over the years. First you need to defend the case with the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. I'm not convinced your immigration status has anything to do with getting a license--shoot, you can get a driver's license with no proof of citizenship. Retain an attorney and get this handled.
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You are a victim of one of the CSLB's licensing sting operations. If you showed up and agreed to perform work that requires a license (painting does) for more than $500, that is a crime and they will prosecute you. A first offense is generally a small fine. You need to speak with a criminal defense attorney with knowledge of immigration law to make sure your case is handled properly.
Get a license if you want to do contracting work, especially now that you have been caught. Second and third offenses result in more serious penalties and possible jail time.
Not sure if you asked a question, but it Seems like you were pinched through part of a sting operation. Retain the services of the best, locally experienced, criminal defense attorney you can afford as soon as possible to proactively deal with this matter and hopefully be able to avoid any criminal conviction.
The State is going after these crimes more frequently than before. You may be deported if convicted. Lawyer up, don't make any statements, and defend yourself.
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