Theft of services, theft of utility services, and unlicensed contractor fraud are all crimes. If you face one of these charges, or multiple charges, don’t panic. There are things that you can do to get help and defend yourself. A good place to start is understanding the specifics of your charge. Here, I will explain these crimes. Then, you can begin to defend yourself against this charge.
Contractor laws in the state of Connecticut are important to follow. Sometimes, these laws may be confusing. Other times, you might think that they are unnecessary laws, and you don’t have to follow them. But, if you are a contractor, it is important to follow all laws related to your profession. This will help you avoid any unwanted run-ins with the law. If you do experience a run-in with the law, we are here to help. You can learn more about unlicensed contractor fraud here.
Theft of Services
A person is guilty of theft of services when they avoid paying an establishment money owed through misrepresentation, stealth, unjustifiable failure, or refusal to pay. Also, the establishment could be a:
- Tourist cabin.
- Rooming house.
Another situation in which theft of services occurs is when a person tries to obtain public transportation services without paying or avoids paying by force, stealth, intimidation, deception, mechanical tampering, refusal to pay, or unjustifiable failure.
Another situation is when a person obtains a motor vehicle without paying or avoiding to pay through:
- Fraudulent representation.
- Fraudulent concealment.
- False pretense.
Finally, theft of services happens if a person obtains control over the employment of a person, business, equipment (commercial or industrial), or faculties of another person when they know that they are not entitled to the use of those things. In addition, this person must also intend to get a commercial or other substantial benefit from the use of this labor, equipment, or facilities for themselves or another person.
Some common examples of theft of services are “dining and dashing” in a restaurant and skipping out on cab fare.
Unlicensed Contractor Fraud
In each state, if a contractor is making repairs that exceed a certain amount of money (in most states, $500), the contractor must have a valid contractor’s license. Unlicensed contractors can make serious mistakes when working on projects worth more than $500. This is why a written contract must get signed by the contractor and the homeowner. The written contract should state the contractor’s license number. Also, it should contain a number that the homeowner can call with complaints.
Lying about having a contractor’s license constitutes fraud, and if issues occur in remodeling or repairs exceeding $500, an unlicensed contractor does not have to get paid by the homeowner. In addition, the homeowner can file a lawsuit against the contractor. A homeowner can sue for damages and for being lied to if unlicensed contractor fraud was involved in the case.
If accused of unlicensed contractor fraud, you could face serious consequences. In order to defend yourself against these charges, it is important that you gather facts to support your case. This can best be done with the help of a criminal defense lawyer with experience with unlicensed contractor fraud cases. At Ruane Attorneys, we have handled contractor law and contractor cases in the past. For more information, it is a good idea to get in touch with an attorney.