Private security contractors and security agencies must complete a variety of requirements in order to obtain a professional license. In addition, the employees of an agency must receive the necessary training, and they may also need to obtain a Firearm Control Card (FCC) and Permanent Employee Registration Card (PERC). After investing time, money, and resources to meet these requirements, a security contractor will want to be sure to address anything that might affect their license and their ability to do business.
When addressing disciplinary action or other licensing issues, it is important to work with an attorney who is experienced in handling these matters before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). The lawyers of Williams & Nickl, LLC have more than 55 years of combined experience, and Attorney Edward W. Williams is the former Chief of Prosecutions for IDFPR. Edward and Fred have assisted over 3,000 clients in IDFPR cases, and we have performed license examination preparation seminars for private security contractors for over 25 years. Our understanding of professional licensing laws and IDFPR prosecutions can help ensure that you are able to defend your license against discipline.
Licenses for private security contractors and agencies in Illinois are governed by the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor and Locksmith Board. The IDFPR may pursue disciplinary action in a wide variety of situations, including:
There are multiple laws and statutes that apply to private security contractors, and certain administrative rules and regulations must be followed in disciplinary proceedings. Our lawyers can help you understand how the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor and Locksmith Act of 2004 (225 ILCS 447/5, et seq.) will affect your license. During your case, we can ensure that the procedures defined in the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act (5 ILCS 100/1-1, et seq.) and the Administrative Procedures for General Professional Regulation (68 ILAC 1130.10, et seq.) are followed correctly.
If you have received notice from the IDFPR that you may be subject to discipline, such as a formal Complaint, Notice of Informal Conference, or Notice of Preliminary Hearing, you should take immediate action to defend your professional license. Contact us today to arrange a free, one-hour consultation where we will review your case, explain the forms of disciplinary action the IDFPR may pursue, and ensure that you understand the most prudent course of action you can take.
We have assisted people in a wide variety of fields in defending their licenses, and in many cases, we are able to help licensed professionals avoid public discipline. Our clients are very satisfied with the results we obtain for them:
“We were falsely accused of operating without PERC cards and chose Williams & Nickl to defend us before IDFPR. We took their course on obtaining a Security Agency license, and throughout the course, both Edward and Fred were extremely knowledgeable about the Illinois laws and statutes for the security industry. Fred took our case to the Board and got them to completely drop the complaint—best possible result.” -Security Contractor, Illinois
We are regularly contacted by applicants for private security contractor licenses who have been notified of deficiencies or other issues with their applications. The IDFPR may send a Deficiency Checklist, or an applicant may receive a request for background information regarding a criminal conviction or sister-state disciplinary action. We advise you to contact us for a consultation before answering any of these queries. We will speak with you for up to one hour at no charge, and we will advise you on the most prudent way to respond to the IDFPR’s requests. If necessary, we will work together with you to draft an explanation letter that addresses the application deficiencies, and typically, the IDFPR will issue a license soon after receiving this letter.
You will want to address and resolve any issues that may affect your professional license as quickly as possible. At Williams & Nickl, LLC, we can provide the representation you need, and no matter the seriousness of your situation, we can help you understand the steps you can take to protect your license and your career. To set up your free consultation, contact us today by calling 312-335-9470.