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  1. #11
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    Aug 2008

    Default Re: Becoming PD in NC However Arrest Record Not Helping from VA. Any Ideas

    Listen. The way I've lived is believing one thing. That is that if i give up then my dreams wont come true. I may have to do some insaine things to get to where i want to be, but anything is possible and beleive me im not giving up. Even if it means moving to another state. Like i said! This is what im supposed to do. So i appreciate your optimism Ill just keep at it. Giving up is not an option. Sorry

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Becoming PD in NC However Arrest Record Not Helping from VA. Any Ideas

    I did not say give up I merely suggested you mentally prepare yourself for a possible let down

  3. #13
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    Aug 2008

    Default Re: Becoming PD in NC However Arrest Record Not Helping from VA. Any Ideas

    Ahh. Sorry for being a smart ass then! I prepared myself the second i heard what i had to hear. Appreciate the heads up though. Ohh well. If this fails i still have med school at GW.

  4. #14
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    Mar 2005

    Default Re: Becoming PD in NC However Arrest Record Not Helping from VA. Any Ideas

    Virginia's expungement law provides:
    Quote Quoting Code of Virginia 19.2-392.2. Expungement of police and court records.
    A. If a person is charged with the commission of a crime and
    1. Is acquitted, or

    2. A nolle prosequi is taken or the charge is otherwise dismissed, including dismissal by accord and satisfaction pursuant to 19.2-151, or

    3. Is granted an absolute pardon for the commission of a crime for which he has been unjustly convicted,
    he may file a petition setting forth the relevant facts and requesting expungement of the police records and the court records relating to the charge.

    B. If any person whose name or other identification has been used without his consent or authorization by another person who has been charged or arrested using such name or identification, he may file a petition with the court disposing of the charge for relief pursuant to this section.

    C. The petition with a copy of the warrant or indictment if reasonably available shall be filed in the circuit court of the county or city in which the case was disposed of by acquittal or being otherwise dismissed and shall contain, except where not reasonably available, the date of arrest and the name of the arresting agency. Where this information is not reasonably available, the petition shall state the reason for such unavailability. The petition shall further state the specific criminal charge to be expunged, the date of final disposition of the charge as set forth in the petition, the petitioner's date of birth, and the full name used by the petitioner at the time of arrest.

    D. A copy of the petition shall be served on the attorney for the Commonwealth of the city or county in which the petition is filed. The attorney for the Commonwealth may file an objection or answer to the petition within twenty-one days after it is served on him.

    E. The petitioner shall obtain from a law-enforcement agency one complete set of the petitioner's fingerprints and shall provide that agency with a copy of the petition for expungement. The law-enforcement agency shall submit the set of fingerprints to the Central Criminal Records Exchange (CCRE) with a copy of the petition for expungement attached. The CCRE shall forward under seal to the court a copy of the petitioner's criminal history, a copy of the source documents that resulted in the CCRE entry that the petitioner wishes to expunge, and the set of fingerprints. Upon completion of the hearing, the court shall return the fingerprint card to the petitioner.

    F. After receiving the criminal history record information from the CCRE, the court shall conduct a hearing on the petition. If the court finds that the continued existence and possible dissemination of information relating to the arrest of the petitioner causes or may cause circumstances which constitute a manifest injustice to the petitioner, it shall enter an order requiring the expungement of the police and court records relating to the charge. Otherwise, it shall deny the petition. However, if the petitioner has no prior criminal record and the arrest was for a misdemeanor violation, the petitioner shall be entitled, in the absence of good cause shown to the contrary by the Commonwealth, to expungement of the police and court records relating to the charge, and the court shall enter an order of expungement.

    G. The Commonwealth shall be made party defendant to the proceeding. Any party aggrieved by the decision of the court may appeal, as provided by law in civil cases.

    H. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, when the charge is dismissed because the court finds that the person arrested or charged is not the person named in the summons, warrant, indictment or presentment, the court dismissing the charge shall, upon motion of the person improperly arrested or charged, enter an order requiring expungement of the police and court records relating to the charge. Such order shall contain a statement that the dismissal and expungement are ordered pursuant to this subsection. Upon the entry of such order, it shall be treated as provided in subsection I hereof.

    I. Upon the entry of an order of expungement, the clerk of the court shall cause a copy of such order to be forwarded to the Department of State Police, which shall, pursuant to rules and regulations adopted pursuant to 9.1-134, direct the manner by which the appropriate expungement or removal of such records shall be effected.

    J. Costs shall be as provided by 17.1-275, but shall not be recoverable against the Commonwealth.
    As you can see, it is difficult for somebody who is convicted of a charge to qualify. You can find information on executive clemency (pardons) in Virginia here.

  5. #15
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    Sep 2008

    Default Re: Becoming a Police Officer With an Arrest Record

    ok i to have been trying to become a leo with a felony conviction state of florida heres the scoop from months of searchs,emails,phone calls
    yes you can become a police officer with a felony conviction
    not only in florida but in some other sates ,

    heres the scoop
    1)amount of time that has passed
    2)some depts will take you depending on the crime (mine was be & larceny)
    3)you can vacate your plea and go back in front of the judge and get you charges reduced allowing you to get cerfified
    4)in fl a pardon from the gov will allow you do get fdle certified
    5)not all depts will take you with a felony conviction in 1 day i found 4 in fla
    as long as you meet other requirements

    now my story my crime was 32 years ago when i was 18 im now 50 and going throught the academy in jan 09 i have been voluntering at the local pd for 2 1/2 years (with a felony conviction)im well respected and dont know if they will hire me (have not asked waiting to go through the academy first)
    i have applied for a full pardon from the gov office still waiting
    and im going to the state attys office to try to get my 30 year old charges droped to a misterminor (been told this can be done )depts will hire with this type of charge easyer if that dont work im going to vacate my plea also told this is a good option as the charge was 32 years ago

  6. #16
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    Sep 2005

    Default Re: Becoming a Police Officer With an Arrest Record

    As long as the felony remains, you will be unable for appointment pursuant to state AND federal laws. If reduced to a misdemeanor you MIGHT be able to be appointed, but that will be dependent upon state law and upon the agency (and whether they want to take the chance).

    - Carl
    Retired Cal Cop Sergeant & Teacher

    Seek justice,
    Love mercy,
    Walk humbly with your God

    -- Courageous, by Casting Crowns ...

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