Liquor License & the Law

Protecting Your Rights

The excitement of opening a nightclub or market, or starting a brewpub or winery is often diminished by the realities of the paperwork, complex layers of regulations and satisfying the requirements of several government agencies. A winery, distiller or brewer has to comply with regulations at the federal, state and local levels. An off-sale or on-sale retailer must meet the requirements of the ABC, local government, police and neighborhood groups. Your planning needs to account for these demands. Anticipating delays can save you considerable money and aggravation.

Once you are up and running, non-compliance can mean penalties that harm your business, or, in some cases, your license can be taken away completely.

At the Law Office of Richard D. Warren, we understand that your livelihood, and perhaps your dreams, depend on keeping your business open and your liquor license in full compliance. Rick Warren is an attorney who focuses his legal work on California liquor license issues.

Our goal is to help you:

  • Obtain your liquor license
  • Keep your liquor license in full compliance
  • Succeed in your business endeavor

Liquor Licensing ABCs

Most of the California liquor license regulations come from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). Although the rules, regulations and forms are posted on its web site (, understanding them can be challenging. Protecting your liquor license after a violation is often difficult without the assistance of an attorney who understands the specific details of this area of law.

From A to B to C, our law office will help you obtain your liquor license and keep your liquor license in compliance. If you already have a liquor license and you are accused of a violation, we can help you. If you have a liquor license and are accused of a crime unrelated to your licensed business, your license may also be jeopardized, and you need an expert in ABC law to minimize the impact on your licensed business.

We assist clients throughout the state of California with all California liquor licensing issues. If English is not your first language, we can make sure that language is not a barrier to protecting your rights.

Call our toll free number, 1-800-262-5647, or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer. We will walk you through the process — from A to B to C.