Construction fraud is an extremely common problem for many San Diegans. Unfortunately, there are many people out there posing as contractors who in fact fail to be licensed. These unlicensed contractors may be misrepresenting their license qualification or simply falsifying the value of labor and materials of the project being done on your home.

However, it is in fact illegal for an unlicensed contractor to perform any contracting work for a project that is valued over $500 in combined labor and material costs. Besides being illegal, unlicensed contractors lack accountability and have a high rate of involvement in construction scams. Not only that, these unlicensed contractors are unfair competition for the rest of the industry.

What does CA law say?

Under the California law, any person who uses a fraudulent contractor’s license number is subject to a fine of up to $10,000 or imprisonment. Repeat offenders are subject to a mandatory 90-day jail sentence plus steep fines.

If you’ve suspected your contractor provided you with a fraudulent license number or you just want to be sure they are in fact licensed, you can check their credentials at

Get real estate legal assistance

Are you in need of legal assistance with a real estate and/or construction contractor issue? Some of our clients have experienced counter lawsuits by unlicensed contractors for the moneys the unlicensed contractor believes they are owed for work already done. However, no unlicensed contractors can bring or maintain an action for the collection of costs for work done that required a license.

If you believe you are a victim to an unlicensed contractor or you need assistance bringing an action against one, contact our offices today online or at (858) 926-5797.

Client Reviews


Rated 5 out of 5

We received a letter from an attorney representing an ex employee from years ago. This letter couldn’t have come at a worse time for our family. Although the ex-employee had no substance in their case and this was mostly a nuisance, we felt very vulnerable and unprepared. I reached out to a few lawyers for a quote and their retainer fees alone were deal breakers. When I reached Thomas Gallagher, he approached my case from a completely different angle and walked me through the many small steps we would take to get through this issue. Within the first conversation I felt like I had a plan of attack, an attorney I could trust, and that our family was protected. Our case ended up never going to court. In fact, Thomas was able to resolve the entire issue within a week. I am extremely happy with the results from this potential lawsuit, but even happier knowing my family and business is now protected by a lawyer than can get the job done.


Meet Our San Diego Attorneys

Contact Gallagher Krich, APC

Fax: 858-435-4369

30+ years of combined experience.