December 18, 2018 at 9:41 am #2118306
Let me start of by saying I have not had the best growing up or college history but I have completely turned my life around so I'll explain a bit but not putting too much out there. Passed all exams, experience requirement, and ethics. Got approved for license. While filling out the application for registration, the have you ever been convicted question comes up, so:
Plead guilty to misdemeanor possession.
Plead guilty to false statement to police officer for an act being stupidly being drunk in college.
Plead guilty to misdemeanor paraphernalia.
Plead guilty to misdemeanor possessions.
I can assure you that life is turned around, haven't looked back on anything. No felonies and nothing that discredits the profession. I have obtained all court records and plan to write a letter as requested.
Can anyone give me advice to this?December 18, 2018 at 9:56 am #2118345lmillan08Participant
Wait, you think there will be an issue to get licensed for having misdemeanors? That's a thing?December 18, 2018 at 10:41 am #2118429
Some states ask convicted of a felony, others ask for all convictions.
The drug related ones I would think aren't too much of an issue. The false statement one might require some explanation.
False statement directly relates to your character.
Your letter should be honest, thorough, and convincing. I think lost of CPA's have less than stellar pasts. At least its not a felony.
Have you done a background check on yourself to see the actual charges that appear? And are any of those plead down from an initial felony charge?December 18, 2018 at 10:50 am #2118432
I'd like to review the application.December 18, 2018 at 10:56 am #2118444
@Lmillan08 – I'm not sure, when you come across applications and have multiple offenses, it kinda scares ya.
@Recked – I have not done a background check but as part of licensing, I have to obtain disposition of court records. Some were plead down. It wasn't the best part of me during college as I was in a toxic relationship and was intoxicated but all of that is behind me. MD.December 18, 2018 at 11:03 am #2118447lmillan08Participant
I completely understand and now I am nervous myself. I do not want to waste my time if a misdemeanor is going to stop me from getting licensed.December 18, 2018 at 11:06 am #2118456
From what I've heard, drug possessions don't disqualify you.December 18, 2018 at 1:35 pm #2118711bhunt815Participant
I got a license and I once burned down an orphanage. Just kidding, but I did have a few misdemeanors in my younger days and they didn't even come up.December 18, 2018 at 2:20 pm #2118810IcemanParticipant
I did stuff as a minor, but never got caught 🙂December 18, 2018 at 2:29 pm #2118846
I think they are really looking for crimes related to fraud and the like.
They are mostly looking to protect the integrity of the CPA license, and the financial community as a whole.
Bank fraud, embezzlement, dishonesty, all those types of things would be red flags.
I have a feeling you will be fine based on your youthful indiscretions.December 18, 2018 at 3:21 pm #2118930TommyTheCatParticipant
i had a misdemeanor on my record when i applied earlier this year. application was accepted without any further explanation or back and forth needed between me and the CA Board of Accountancy. I made sure to complete the criminal disclosure form accurately and honestly. Make sure you disclose everything I think thats their first test. Leave something out or misrepresent something and you probably will have some issues.
In my case I got busted with a fake ID in college. Ho hum big deal right? Ya except it goes on my record as false or misuse of a state issued license. Wa oh…I was sweating bullets while my application was in review thinking they could disqualify me on the grounds that I already screwed up once with a state issued license.
Only thing I was ever told about this from the CBA when I called for an update was that my application was turned over to the “enforcement” group for a final review similar to all other applications for licensure that contain a misdemeanor or felony disclosure. Think that final enforcement review took all of a week.
Bottom line I bet the drug stuff is no big deal so long as you disclose it all. I even made reference in my disclosure to being a dumb 20 year old college kid that wasn't thinking about the consequences of his actions in regards to buying beer with a fakey. The false statement to a police officer is the only item i would be remotely concerned about if i were you. again I would frame it in your disclosure that the false statement occurred at a time you were under the influence and your judgment, however impaired at the time, is such now that you understand that doing so is unacceptable in your current mature state.January 17, 2019 at 9:38 am #2168521
Just an update. Sent everything in, looks like Board met and reviewed it last week. Name hasn't updated on the public query and when I log into the registration system, it says blocked. Called them and asked what the status was, they said you should be getting something in the mail by yesterday… still anxiously waiting on this letter. UGH… pretty sure I didn't get it?January 17, 2019 at 10:17 am #2168575TommyTheCatParticipant
have faith man nothing is certain yet. hoping you get the letter from them ASAP and its just a request for more information or something like that.
Remind me what state are you applying in?January 17, 2019 at 11:28 am #2168704DDylanParticipant
man. these are not serious. I was charged with misdemeanor becuase of speeding too much. I called the state board and they even told me do not mention it in the application lol,…January 17, 2019 at 11:39 am #2168722
@Tommy – Thanks man, will have faith that they require more information or a hearing or something. It is in MD. I would hate for all this studying last few years and getting all the experience now to go down the drain for something I am not even close to stuff mentioned in my post.
@DDylan – Misdemeanor speeding sounds like a traffic violation? Plus I didn't want to start off by lying on my application when asked the question and wanted to give complete disclosure.January 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm #2168848
ProTip you can sign up for informed delivery by USPS to receive daily emails with gray-scale images of what should be in your mailbox.
Let's you get the disappoint out of the way between 7-730 am instead of waiting until you get home to check the mailbox.
Good luck. Let us know how it goes.
My guess is a request for additional information.January 17, 2019 at 1:49 pm #2168998
Funny you say that, a friend told me about it this week and I signed up for it as of 2 days ago! Definitely starting my day off at 7:30am until I see what I need to see. Everyone should have this!January 17, 2019 at 2:06 pm #2169007
Just a heads up that mail does sometimes arrive late.
When I applied for my EFIN for efiling tax returns I saw the letter from the IRS in my morning email but then I did not receive it until 4 days later.
That one was nerve racking. Always nerve racking to get a letter from the IRS, even when you've been handling tax cases for 17 years lol.
It doesn't happen often but if its not delivered that same day you'll usually get it the next day.
Don't freak out.January 17, 2019 at 2:20 pm #2169016bhunt815Participant
Did you try checking your name on capverify.org? I showed up there a week before I got any notification from my state board.January 17, 2019 at 4:02 pm #2169196
@Recked – Thanks for the positive hope!
@Bhunt815 – Name does not show up there…January 20, 2019 at 3:17 pm #2173456
Nobody cares about DUI or drug offenses..the only thing that will disqualify you from being licenses is some sort of serious felony..and or a crime involving financial matters..theft or soethinc like that..that could effect thte professions.
You have any idea how much coke and booze goes around the finance industry???
Relax you have little to worry about.January 22, 2019 at 3:53 pm #2176636
Just an FYI, got the letter. Got denied based on:
Subject to the hearing provisions of § 2-317 of this subtitle, the Board, on the affirmative vote of a majority of its members, may deny a license to any applicant, reprimand any licensee, or suspend or revoke a license if the applicant or licensee:
(iii) under the laws of the United States or of any state, is convicted of:
2. a misdemeanor that is directly related to the fitness and qualification of the applicant or licensee to practice certified public accountancy;
Very disappointing…January 22, 2019 at 4:07 pm #2176669Jeff Elliott, CPAKeymaster
Very sorry to hear this! I can't even imagine the gut-punch this must be.
Question: what did you want/need the license for – working in public, or just wanted to have it so you could hold yourself out as a CPA?January 22, 2019 at 4:19 pm #2176705QuoVadimusParticipant
I'm very sorry to hear that. I hope there is an appeal process or an ability to apply in another state?
Truly sorry that you're dealing with this after passing the exams.January 22, 2019 at 4:28 pm #2176720
I am so lost right now… I was hoping for the request of more information or something in that nature.
I worked so hard to get here and in the past 18 months, have a great job where I prepare and advise clients in taxes, this designation if what I envisioned for my career.January 22, 2019 at 7:12 pm #2176912naptural80Participant
Have you considered transferring your scores and applying to a different state?January 22, 2019 at 10:22 pm #2177125AnonCAParticipant
@AnonForAdvice, have you tried to expunge your misdemeanors? The board may be hesitant because you are not able to pass a background check still. Maybe try that and then apply again if you can and consider rewording the explanatory letter accompanying your application to provide reasoning as to how those past mistakes are not a good indicator of your character nor of your qualification as a CPA because you have grown substantially since the incidents.January 22, 2019 at 11:47 pm #2177191
lol all is not lost dude..go apply in IL or another state..i know people with felonies for aggravated assault and drug dealing who are there license..January 22, 2019 at 11:47 pm #2177197
Most places have you attest to no felonies..they arent actually running background checks.January 23, 2019 at 10:53 am #2177701
If you had to provide court dispositions, how many of those charges were originally felonies?
My initial guess is that it's either the lying to an officer, or the sheer volume of the charges.
Did you write a convincing heart wrenching letter to go with your application?
I think your next step is probably going to be an appeal of some type. You may want to consult with an attorney about this.
Maybe there is a chance they can go back and have the original charges changed or sealed in some way.
Don't give up hope yet.
Also, possession of what? I was assuming we were talking about weed. Was it Schedule 1 2 or 3 controlled substances?
Did you ever have intent to sell that was plead down to simple possession?
If your appeal is not successful I would seriously consider moving to a non-mid west state that has such an unfavorable view on drugs, etc.
I feel your odds of being licensed in a northeast state are probably better than MD.
If it was weed, what happens when/if it eventually becomes legal in your state? Presumably all of those original charges will be dropped.
Any more details you can share on this? Call your lawyer.
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