4 Things To Know About Administrative Law
Administrative law involves any legal matter that is before an agency instead of a traditional judge or jury. These agencies can be both at the state and federal levels. They carry out laws created by Congress or the state legislature.
Brown & Gould, PLLC can help clients with a wide variety of administrative law issues. Examples of agencies in which Brown & Gould PLLC have appeared include:
- Department of Energy
- Department of Transportation
- Department of the Interior
- Bureau of Indian Affairs
- Federal Communications Commission
- Federal Election Commission
- Drug Enforcement Agency
Each agency has its own unique rules and requirements, which can make administrative law issues somewhat complicated. Below are just a few need-to-know things about administrative law that may affect you.
1. Administrative law issues often have tight deadlines.
Administrative law matters often revolve around very short deadlines compared to other areas of the law. In many cases, you might have years to bring a case in front of a judge or jury in Oklahoma courts. However, that time is drastically reduced when it comes to certain agencies.
The time to assert your claim could be just a few months or even just a few days. As a result, it is especially important to get quick legal help if you are facing a legal issue that involves an agency.
2. Agencies can impose fines and penalties.
Although agencies generally cannot bring criminal cases, they can impose severe monetary fines and penalties in some situations. For instance, violations of certain environmental laws can lead to thousands of dollars in fines and penalties if certain rules are not followed correctly. These fines can affect both individuals and companies.
3. Agencies have complex legal requirements.
Many agencies provide benefits to individuals and businesses. However, those benefits are often only available if certain requirements are met, which can include an array of very specific forms, interviews, and other information sharing. Failing to follow just one step in an administrative process can severely impact someone’s rights or ability to receive benefits.
4. You can involve a lawyer with virtually any agency issue you are facing.
Some agencies make their processes seem simple, which may lead you to think that you can go through the administration requirements on your own. Unfortunately, working through complex legal requirements on your own is often a mistake. Instead, an administrative attorney can provide experienced guidance on any administrative law matter you are facing and will help to assert your rights. Having someone who has been through the process and understands the complex laws and regulations that affect your situation can be invaluable.
Get Legal Help From Brown & Gould, PLLC
Working through administrative law matters can be very complicated. These legal issues can have a profound impact on your life or your business, so you should take them seriously. Brown & Gould, PLLC may be able to help you with your administrative law issue, whether you are in Oklahoma City or dealing with a federal agency. Contact our office to learn more: 405-235-4500.