Illinois Home Improvement Contractor Defense Attorney
Affordable Criminal Lawyer Provides Home Improvement Contractors with Defense Services
There are a great many home improvement jobs contracted in Illinois each year. Through the Home Improvement Fraud Act, the State has clearly defined violations in the industry and aggressively prosecutes offenders. If you have been charged with home improvement fraud, you need an experienced lawyer on your side. The attorneys at Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C. have successfully represented contractors charged with home improvement fraud throughout the Chicago area.
Fraudulent Home Improvement Offenses in Illinois
Home repair involves fixing, replacing, altering, converting, modernizing, improving, or making an addition to a residence. A home contractor commits fraud when he/she:
- Enters into an unconscionable agreement requiring payment to the contractor of at least $4,000
- Deliberately damages a property to get a repair contract
- Collects payment for material and services and fails to perform
- Changes terms of a contract without the consumer's consent
- Represents his/herself as a government or public utility employee to get a contract
- Promises work, knowing it will not be performed
- Fails to employ qualified personnel to do the work
- Fails to order or buy basic materials required for the job
- Fails to comply with government regulations or performance codes
- Fails to return payments made by the home owner for work undone
- After incomplete work, fails to respond to written performance demand letter within 10 days of receipt
- Fails to notify consumer in writing of a change of business name or address prior to work completion
Penalties for Home Improvement Fraud in Cook and DuPage County, IL
Home improvement fraud can be classed as misdemeanors or felonies depending upon the value of the contracted amounts, or the number of fraudulent contracts with the same victim. Aggravated home repair fraud may be charged when the offenses are committed against the elderly or disabled, or in a home repair project intended to assist the disabled. These offenses could result in license suspension or revocation.
The attorneys at Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C. know how to defend home repair contractor fraud charges. We will examine extenuating circumstances and work impediments that counter charges, such as work stoppage brought on by weather, permit delays, impeded access to the job site, delays in agreed upon payments, discrepancies in work requirements or contract performance terms, or justifiable contractor's medical or personal reasons for delays. Our goal is to minimize your charges and protect your license. Contact us to discuss your case in a free initial consultation. We have three convenient offices in the Chicago area, and serve DuPage, Cook, Will, and Kane Counties.