Lose Your License ∙ Lose Your Business?
For some businesses, such as markets and grocery stores, catering businesses, nightclubs and restaurants, the revocation of a liquor license would bring the business to a grinding halt.
Occasionally, a business owner is surprised when he or she is suddenly faced with a liquor license revocation after being charged (not convicted) of a crime that had nothing to do with the licensed business. Being charged with a crime of moral turpitude is enough to get your licensed revoked.
If your license is threatened with suspension or revocation, our law office can help. Attorney Rick Warren has defended hundreds of licensees facing ABC license suspensions and revocations throughout the state of California. He uses a detailed knowledge of California's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) administrative codes and penalties in an effort to help you keep your business' doors open.
Commission of Crime Involving Moral Turpitude:
• Committed on premises — Revocation
• Committed away from premises (petty theft/shoplifting) — Revocation stayed 3 years
• Committed away from premises (other than petty theft) — Revocation
• Conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude — Revocation
- ABC ACT, Division 9, Chapter 1, Section 24200 (a & d)
Prevention Is Your Best Option
Each set of circumstances is different, and your case is not like anyone else's. That said, we have a developed an approach to liquor license suspensions and revocations that works for many of our clients. Here's what we can do for you:
- Educate — We teach you about the ABC's regulations and penalties.
- Act quickly — If you have a pending criminal charge, and plead guilty, you will lose your liquor license. Contact us sooner, not later.
- Evaluate — We look at the violation charge, and let you know what you may be facing, and discuss your options with you and your ciminal defense attorney.
- Negotiate — It may be beneficial to negotiate with the ABC in an effort to lower the penalty from a revocation to a lesser penalty such as a conditional revocation so you can salvage the value of your business.
The unfortunate reality is that many revocations become permanent. Avoiding problems from the outset is the best strategy.
Call our toll free number, 866-614-4502, or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer. We'd be happy to walk you through the process — from A to B to C.