When a business or individual hires an alarm contractor, they place a great deal of trust in the agency’s ability to ensure that their premises are secure. In addition to installing alarm equipment that provides the proper protection, an agency may also be responsible for maintaining and repairing this equipment and responding to any alarms, including coordinating with police or fire departments. Because of this, alarm contractors must meet strict requirements for licensing, and a variety of issues may arise that could result in discipline to their professional license.
If you are facing disciplinary action to your private alarm contractor license, or if your license application has been denied, the attorneys of Williams & Nickl, LLC can provide the legal help you need. As the former Chief of Prosecutions for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), Attorney Edward W. Williams understands the formal and informal policies and procedures followed in licensing cases. Edward and Fred have represented more than 3,000 licensed professionals throughout their combined 55 years of practicing law, and we regularly provide seminars on licensing exam preparation for alarm contractors. With this experience, we are uniquely positioned to help you address your licensing concerns effectively.
In Illinois, private alarm contractor licenses are regulated by the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor and Locksmith Board. The Board may pursue discipline against a contractor or agency in cases involving:
If you are under investigation by the IDFPR, if you have been contacted by an IDFPR prosecutor, or if you have received a formal Complaint, you should contact us before you agree to an interview, produce any requested documents, or surrender your professional license. We will meet with you in person or speak with you over the phone, and your initial one-hour consultation is free of charge. During this consultation, we will review the circumstances of your case, discuss the potential disciplinary sanctions you may face, and explain the best way to proceed to avoid public discipline to your license.
With our understanding of the laws, rules, and regulations that apply to private alarm contractors, we can ensure that you are fully prepared to defend your license. Fred and Edward can determine how the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor and Locksmith Act of 2004 (225 ILCS 447/5, et seq.) applies to your case. With our knowledge of the procedures followed under the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois (20 ILCS 2105/2105-1, et seq.) and the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act (5 ILCS 100/1-1, et seq.) we can make sure you understand the steps that will be followed during your case.
We provide a high level of care for our clients when helping them address professional licensing issues, and they are highly satisfied with the results:
“I own and operate a Private Alarm Contractor Agency in the Chicago area and have been dealing with Edward and Fred for nearly a decade. If you own a security company in Illinois, they are a must-know law firm that is truly second to nobody when dealing with the IDFPR.” -Alarm Contractor, Chicagoland
In addition to addressing disciplinary issues, alarm contractors may need to determine how to respond to queries from the IDFPR regarding deficiencies on a license application. In some cases, an applicant may be asked to provide background information about previous criminal convictions or sister-state discipline. In these cases, you should contact us to discuss the best way to respond. In your free consultation, we will help you understand whether you can address these queries on your own or whether you should work with us to create a letter of explanation. In most cases, we can help dispose of these inquiries and ensure that a license is issued quickly.
The proper licensing is essential for operating an alarm contractor company, and we can help you address any issues that affect your license quickly and effectively. We will help you minimize any disciplinary action you may face and work with you to protect your ability to do business. To schedule your complimentary consultation, contact our office at 312-335-9470.