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Are Felons Allowed to Practice Law?

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Thread Starter 
If they have their criminal record cleared?
post #2 of 50
This is a trick question, no?
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Depends on the State, and is usually not a matter of having the conviction "cleared."

The admission to the Bar of a state is governed by that particular Board of Bar Examiners with each
state having certain requirements for Character and Fitness. The easy answer to your question is "maybe," depending upon the severity of the conviction.

A common conviction in law school that did not prevent bar admission (in most cases) was DUI.

Thinking of taking the jump; going to law school?
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Thread Starter 
[quote=theincumbent;2512214]Depends on the State, and is usually not a matter of having the conviction "cleared."

The admission to the Bar of a state is governed by that particular Board of Bar Examiners with each
state having certain requirements for Character and Fitness. The easy answer to your question is "maybe," depending upon the severity of the conviction.

A common conviction in law school that did not prevent bar admission (in most cases) was DUI.

Thinking of taking the jump; going to law school?[/QUOTE]

No, just curious. I was reading a discussion where someone said some couldn;t become a lawyer if they were ever convicted of a felony and I wonder "why not" if they record was cleared.
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You can be a lawyer and have a felony conviction on your record (cleared or not). As was said, bar fitness standards differ by state, but they're all fairly complex and/or flexible. It matters how recent the conviction was and whether it evinces dishonesty. For instance, you're probably always going to be found unfit if you have a felony conviction for fraud.
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no sins of moral turpitude...
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If criminals couldn't practice law, we'd have no lawyers.

(awaiting odoreater F.U.!!!!!)
post #8 of 50
Wasn't there a white supremist, with a clean criminal record, banned from taking the bar in Ohio a few years ago?
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I feel like I need to weigh in here..
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Originally Posted by Flieger View Post
I feel like I need to weigh in here..

As a convicted felon presently practicing law?
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Originally Posted by edmorel View Post
If criminals couldn't practice law, we'd have no lawyers.

(awaiting odoreater F.U.!!!!!)

Lol. Actually, I know you meant this in jest, but in most states, a criminal conviction will probably disqualify you from being admitted, especially if it was recent. At the very least it will result in further investigation rather than your application just being rubber stamped by the character and fitness committee.

Remember, lawyers often have millions of dollars of other people's money in their trust accounts, so, maintaining the public's trust is very important.
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what offensive will result in you losing your legal license?
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Originally Posted by Teger View Post
what offensive will result in you losing your legal license?

The quickest way to lose your license is to commingle personal funds with trust funds. That's a pretty much guaranteed disbarment.
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Originally Posted by odoreater View Post
The quickest way to lose your license is to commingle personal funds with trust funds. That's a pretty much guaranteed disbarment.

this is a bizarre question, but how about non fraud related felonies that do not result in jail time? things like a DUI?
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no sins of moral turpitude...

+1

Bill C. surrendered his law license in Arkansas.

Not because of perjury or being impeached but because getting a BJ from Monica L. was a crime against nature.
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