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  327.076.  Licensure required, penalty for violation — complaint procedure. — 1.  Any person who practices architecture, engineering, land surveying, or landscape architecture, as defined in sections 327.011 to 327.635, or who holds himself or herself out as able to practice such profession and who is not the holder of a currently valid license or certificate of authority in Missouri, and who is not exempt from holding such a license or certificate, is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.  As used in this chapter, "practice" shall not include the rendering of opinions or giving of testimony in a civil or criminal proceeding by a licensed professional.

  2.  The board may cause a complaint to be filed with the administrative hearing commission, as provided in chapter 621, against any unlicensed person who:

  (1)  Engages in or offers to render or engage in the practice of architecture, professional engineering, professional land surveying, or professional landscape architecture;

  (2)  Uses or employs titles defined and protected by this chapter, or implies authorization to provide or offer professional services, or otherwise uses or advertises any title, word, figure, sign, card, advertisement, or other symbol or description tending to convey the impression that the person is licensed or holds a certificate of authority to practice architecture, professional engineering, professional land surveying, or professional landscape architecture;

  (3)  Presents or attempts to use another person's license, seal, or certificate of authority as his or her own;

  (4)  Attempts to use an expired, suspended, revoked, or nonexistent license or certificate of authority;

  (5)  Affixes his or her or another architect's, professional engineer's, professional land surveyor's, or professional landscape architect's seal on any plans, drawings, specifications or reports which have not been prepared by such person or under such person's immediate personal supervision care;

  (6)  Gives false or forged evidence of any kind to the board or any member of the board in obtaining or attempting to obtain a certificate of licensure in this state or any other state or jurisdiction;

  (7)  Knowingly aids or abets an unlicensed or unauthorized person who engages in any prohibited activity identified in this subsection;

  (8)  Violates any provision of the code of professional conduct or other rule adopted by the board; or

  (9)  Violates any provision of subsection 2 of section 327.441.

  3.  When reviewing complaints against unlicensed persons, the board may initiate an investigation and take all measures necessary to find the facts of any potential violation, including issuing subpoenas to compel the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the disclosure of evidence, and may request the attorney general to bring an action to enforce the subpoena.

  4.  If the board files a complaint with the administrative hearing commission, the proceedings shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 621.  Upon a finding by the administrative hearing commission that the grounds provided in subsection 2 of this section for disciplinary action are met, the board may, either singularly or in combination with other provisions of this chapter, impose a civil penalty as provided for in section 327.077 against the person named in the complaint.

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(L. 2007 H.B. 780 merged with S.B. 308, A.L. 2014 S.B. 809)


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