By Timothy C Andersen, MAI
"It is interesting to note that to violate a state's appraiser certification law is not a crime, per se. It is not illegal, either, which means it is not "breaking the law." It is unlawful, however, which means to do something in a manner the law does not authorize. Since violation of a state's appraiser certification law is not a crime, the protection of our Federal Constitution- "innocent until proven guilty," does not apply.
When the state sends a letter it informs you that you are guilty of a violation of USPAP and/or state law. There are no hearings, no trial, no judge, no jury. You are guilty. You can defend yourself and the state may even drop some of the charges. However, you are guilty of something for no other reason than the state says you are."