Originally Posted by Gary RVRoamer
I don't think practicing electricity without a license is a felony in any state,so not much threat of jail time. About the biggest threat the state has is to pull the guys license, but he doesn't have one anyway. He doesn't have a business to lose.
Actually some states will come down hard on this. California is one of the hardest with very very large fines especially when major damage or injury is done. The damage or injury is the big factor. In addition there can be jail time, see below.
Those who are caught contracting without a license likely will have to appear before a Superior Court judge to answer to misdemeanor charges that can carry a potential sentence of up to six months in jail and/or a $5,000 fine, as well as an administrative fine of $200 to $15,000. If illegal contracting continues, the penalties become more severe. A second offense results in a mandatory 90-day jail sentence and a fine of 20 percent of the contract price or $5,000.
Felony charges are filed against anyone who illegally uses another personís contractor license or who tries to mislead consumers into believing that he or she is a licensed contractor.
In this case his actions caused $7,000 in damages so the state will likely make an example of him. At the very least he'd be required to pay restitution and likely treble damages directly to the plaintiff plus what the state would hit him with.
Don't know what state the OP is in but it's easy to fine out what their state might do.