LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A Lauderdale County man will spend time in jail for running a HVAC business without a license.
Dan Beavers was originally charged with three counts of not having a contractor’s license for his family-run business.
On Monday, a judge sentenced Beavers to 12 months in jail after he was caught working on units again without a license. Officials said he also took out an ad in a paper for his business. He had pleaded guilty to similar charges this spring.
"I think he just mistakenly believed nothing was going to happen to him," said Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly. "We issued a bench warrant for him, had a hearing today, and got his sentenced imposed."
Beavers' attorney said he believes imposing the sentence is an excessive penalty and plans on asking the court to reconsider. The judge in the case said Monday that based on the evidence show, Beavers has shown blatant disregard for the law - a statement Beavers himself disagrees with.
"The court system is not working," Beavers said outside the courtroom. "Can you imagine going to jail for working on someone's air conditioner after I had a license for 40 years?"
Officials with the Lauderdale County School District, where Beavers sits on the board, could not comment on the court case. Beavers has been on the board for the last 12 years. He has chosen not to seek re-election. His term is set to end this fall.