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New York Liquor License Violations Lawyers

Numerous different businesses can apply for a liquor license in the state of New York. Liquor stores, restaurants, and even hotels may seek out and be approved for these licenses. Receiving the license also comes with various responsibilities. Those who do not maintain follow through on all responsibilities may find themselves facing serious legal troubles. When this becomes an issue, hiring the best attorney capable of mounting effective representation in the matter must become a priority.

The New York State Liquor Authority Investigates

The New York State Liquor Authority takes any and all instances of violations seriously. An online tip submission form has even been developed so the public can provide anonymous information about someone violating the law. Few can really blame the NYS Liquor Authority for seeking information on violations. If an establishment routinely and flagrantly serves alcohol to someone under the legal drinking age, the establishment should not keep its license.

Not everyone who is investigated by the Liquor Authority commits such an egregious act. The business under investigation might not even have violated any rules. The investigation process may leave a business owner both worried and confounded. Requesting an attorney’s help in the matter probably could take significant stress of the shoulders of the business targeted in an investigation.

The Case Moves to Disciplinary Proceedings

An investigation may lead to a business owner facing a disciplinary hearing. Depending on the severity of the violations, the business owner could be looking at a fine or a suspension of his/her liquor license. In dire situations, a license may be canceled or revoked. Other penalties are possible as well.

The license holder may defend the charges after making a “not guilty” plea. The option of pleading “guilty” or “no contest” remains a possibility as well. Doing anything without the advice, guidance, and representation of counsel could prove disastrous. A great deal in on the proverbial line when it comes to liquor license violations. Retaining an attorney to address the charges could prove to be the best decision a business owner makes.

Financial Losses Associated with License Issues

A positive outcome after a dispute with the Liquor Authority might save a business owner from an enormous amount of trouble. A “mere” suspension could create all manner of financial hardships for a business. If the business is closed, it cannot generate any revenue. Regardless, the business owner still incurs bills related to owning the establishment and must pay debts owed. Even when the business draws revenue from non-liquor sales, a loss of revenue could hurt. The aftermath of license cancellation or revocation could be worse.

A desirable result in any type of disciplinary hearing might help avoid such dire economic consequences. Take this as yet another reason why retaining expert counsel would be a prudent decision.

Ignoring a Violation Comes with Perils

A business owner may choose to simply ignore a violation notice. In taking this stance, the owner’s non-action becomes a de facto “no contest” plea during an actual hearing. Essentially, “no contest” means no admission of guilt is put forth but the person charged with a violation accepts the sentencing.

Simply accepting the sentence may appear to be a good idea until the actual issuance of the sentence. A lack of understanding about how severe the consequences of such an approach might be the reason the owner fails to respond to any violation notices. And then, he/she may suffer from a penalty that turns out to be both severe and unexpected. By this point, it may be too late to properly address the matter.

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Experienced attorneys that specialize in New York liquor license violations could help someone get out of a very difficult situation. Proper representation during a disciplinary hearing increases the likelihood the license holder receives fair treatment under the law.

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