Liquor Licensing at Dethlefs Pykosh & Murphy

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Liquor and Alcohol Licensing, Permits, and Compliance

With over 30 years of experience, our seasoned liquor licensing attorneys will protect and defend your business through the complexities of liquor and alcohol licensing, permits, and compliances. We will ensure your business navigates the legal landscape, securing the necessary permits and adhering to compliance standards.

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Experienced Liquor Licensing Lawyers in Camp Hill, PA

We will aggressively represent you and your business using decades of legal liquor licensing experience gained by representing clients in your situation. Dethlefs Pykosh and Murphy will deal directly with your case during the entire liquor licensing litigation process to protect your rights.

Why Hire Dethlefs Pykosh & Murphy?

When you are defending against the Liquor Control Board or a citation, your ability to serve your patrons may be compromised. The ever-changing rules and regulations make having an experienced attorney on your side a must. 

At Dethlefs, Pykosh and Murphy, we provide a free consultation to businesses who have been targeted. Let Dethlefs, Pykosh and Murphy navigate the alcohol beverage licensing system so you can concentrate on the important task of serving your patrons.

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Who We Represent In Liquor Licensing Cases

The liquor licensing team at Dethlefs Pykosh & Murphy represents beverage distributors, hotels, bar owners, craft brewers, wineries, distillers, and distributors and importing distributors in all aspects of liquor licensing.

The experienced Liquor Licensing attorneys at Dethlefs Pykosh and Murphy are prepared to take actions against PLCB, Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, and others. We will smoothly navigate your licensing matters such as, renewal and validation applications, transfer and extension of premises applications, permits, through the PLCB Bureau of Licensing process.

Frequently Asked Liquor Licensing Questions

Dethlefs Pykosh & Murphy have collected commonly asked questions from liquor licensing clients to share with you. This effort below is to help you gain a better understanding of what you may need to know before making a decision to seek legal guidance. As always, we are here to serve you. Can’t find what you are looking for? Contact us for your free, no obligation consultation meeting.

Is there a difference between receiving a citation and receiving a notice of non-renewal?

Yes. Citations are issued by the Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Liquor Code Enforcement (BCLE).  In general BCLE enforces provisions of the liquor code and its attendant regulations.  Citation penalties range from payment of fine, period of suspension of the license, or revocation of the license.  Non-renewal actions are issued by the PLCB Bureau of Licensing.  These actions do not result in a fine or suspension.  The result of a non-renewal action is the cessation of the liquor license.  It is the “death penalty” for liquor licenses.

Should a Licensee simply waive a citation action and pay the fine recommended by BCLE?

No.  Although a citation action usually results in a fine or suspension of the liquor license, the appellate courts have ruled that waiver of citation actions is an act of “indifference” to the license.  Upon renewal of the license, PLCB Bureau of Licensing can use acts of “indifference” to the license as a reason to non-renew the license.

If you have additional questions please contact our team for your free consultation.

If a Licensee receive a citation or notice of non-renewal, should the Licensee seek legal counsel experienced in liquor law?

Yes.  The Liquor Code and its attendant regulations are a complex body of law.  Ancillary actions may develop which can place the license in jeopardy.   Liquor licenses are valuable assets.  Therefore, decisions of a course of action should be made after consulting with an attorney experienced in liquor law.

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