(a) Penalties. Any person who engages in professional work or services as defined in this chapter or any person who solicits such work through advertising or in any other manner without having a permit as required by said chapter or any person who violates any of the provisions or requirements of this chapter or any rules and regulations adopted and promulgated as authorized under said chapter by failure to comply with any of the requirements or rules and regulations of said chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not less than $25.00 nor more than $500.00 and, within the discretion of the court, may also be imprisoned for a period not to exceed six months. Fines paid for such violations shall be deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of the Agricultural Fund.
(b) Injunctive relief. In addition to the penalty provided hereunder, the circuit court or any judge thereof shall have jurisdiction, for cause shown to grant a temporary restraining order or a permanent injunction or both restraining and enjoining any person from performing any professional work or services as defined in this chapter or from soliciting such work without having a valid permit as required by said chapter or after such a permit has been revoked. Petitions for injunctive relief as authorized under this subsection shall be filed in the circuit court of the county of residence of the person who performs work or services in violation of this chapter or in the county where such unauthorized work is performed. Any temporary restraining order or permanent injunction issued under this subsection shall be issued without a bond. Any action commenced under this subsection based upon facts furnished by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries or others having knowledge thereof may be brought in the name of the State of Alabama; provided, that such action shall be brought upon the relation of the Attorney General and with his approval and such officer shall upon his request be assisted by the district attorney or deputy district attorney of the judicial circuit in which injunctive proceedings are filed.
Last modified: May 3, 2021