January 23, 2019 at 1:44 pm #2178019
@Adam – I obviously don't want to not disclose.
@Recked – The 1st one was poss with intent to distribute and poss of marijuana – ultimately, poss of marijuana was guilty. The next one was poss of marijuana. The most recent one (2 years ago) was a poss with intent to distribute and 2 poss of non-marijuana (sch II) but the possessions is what i plead guilty to and currently on probation but will be completed this year and be granted a PBJ.
Sounds to me its the volume of charges over an 8 year period.
My letter was good and described how much i've changed and currently where I am in life and not to look at my charges in such a heavily manner.
Currently looking for an attorney to get represented by so I can really prove myself, even if I can get a probationary license of some sort. I don't want to give up. I don't think getting the charges cleared at this point would do much as all is disclosed.
In the state, marijuana is decriminalized so not sure how they are viewing all this. The first 3 charges were all related to mj 8 years ago… It really sucks that possession of drugs can really effect licensing and career.January 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm #2178034
The volume, the intent, and the fact that you are still on probation all do not help here.
Was the intent due to quantity, or did you have scales and baggies, etc?
I was thinking these were all very old charges, not 2 years ago charges.
Let us know how it goes with the attorney. Curious if they can work out a deal that maybe after probation is over, or maybe if you did outpatient treatment or an NA or AA type program if it might help your case. Good luck on this man. It sucks that your past is still affecting your future even though you have changed. Really hope you can get this sorted out.January 23, 2019 at 2:46 pm #2178112Jeff Elliott, CPAKeymaster
If you apply for another state, there will likely be a question about “have you ever been denied…etc”…my license renewal in KS has that question.
Not a deal-breaker…like others have said, the board may look more favorably. I would include letters of recommendation, if possible.January 23, 2019 at 4:42 pm #2178286TommyParticipant
Poss with intent to distribute… you're easily the most interesting accountant I've ever heard of lol Hopefully everything works out so you'll have a killer story to tell your grandchildren. From Drug-lord to CPA. Good luck dude!January 24, 2019 at 9:53 am #2179138jombeParticipant
I am so sorry you got denied. I know how nerve-wrecking it is to apply w/ a misdemeanor. I have a DUI misdemeanor from six years ago on my records and I remember losing sleep over thinking I may get denied and why I had to be so stupid to get a DUI in the first place. Like some other people mentioned, did you consider applying through other states? I got my license from California w/o any question asked about the DUI which I disclosed via application.April 8, 2019 at 11:33 am #2315247
I’m in Maryland and sort of in a similar situation. After reading about what happened to you, I’m very concern myself. Any chance you can private message me? I would greatly appreciate this.
Concerned.April 8, 2019 at 12:23 pm #2315376
There is no way to private message on this site, but bumping to the top so maybe OP will come back with a status update.April 8, 2019 at 2:58 pm #2315829
My situation is I got a DUI in 2003 for which I did Probation before judgement (PBJ). 5 years later in 2008, I got another DUI in Washington D.C., for which I plead guilty and completed my probation program. I made a bad judgment and mistakes for which I have learn and paid dearly for it. I’m concern now about the have you ever been convicted question. For my first offense I did not. However, the second I did and completed probation. I’m just wondering since it’s been more than 10 and 15 years, whether I should not disclose. If I disclose it, it is highly likely that the board in Maryland will cite the same ruling they did when they denied his license.April 8, 2019 at 3:21 pm #2315928
You should go back and re-read this thread.
You're comparing a couple DUI charges with possession with intent, and a charge of false report(lying) to a police officer.
Many people have gotten licensed with a DUI in their past, I would not worry about that at all.
Lying about the charge is actually a felony (in some states) and if you are caught lying you will 100% have no shot.
I would not take that gamble, especially with all the computerized records.April 8, 2019 at 3:56 pm #2315979
I guess I was misunderstanding the ruling. My interpretation was that because of the misdemeanor, the license was denied.
Thanks!April 8, 2019 at 9:07 pm #2316561SilentParticipant
My personal opinion that anyone that have criminal record should be denied the license. Even if you have reckless driving charge you should be denied. The industry needs to be cleaned up badly.April 9, 2019 at 4:28 am #2316942lmillan08Participant
Silent – So if one has made mistakes when they were younger, but has grown up, matured, learned from their lessons and focused on a decent future should be rejected after all the hard work and effort put into becoming a CPA?
I’m sorry, but I think that is just ridiculous. I don’t believe your opinion is relevant at all. I think the industry needs to be cleaned up, but from closed minded people like you.
Everyone else, good luck. After all this hard work, you deserve it. Write those letters, get recommendations!April 9, 2019 at 7:48 am #2317326
Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one and most of them stink.
Keep on preaching from your ivory tower @Silent. The rest of us pleebs will keep on grinding it out to make a better life.
Did you know in some states a speeding ticket of 20 mph can result in a reckless driving charge?
Cripple someone's future for 20mph over the speed limit… real nice.April 9, 2019 at 8:25 am #2317389
Thank you, everyone. I’m not proud of my mistakes I made in my 20’s. I want to make a better life for my family and myself. When I get to that bridge to cross, I’ll disclose and leave it up to the Universe.June 17, 2019 at 9:40 pm #2484540
Hi Cyer99, thank you for reading my post. The only advice that I can give to you is disclose everything unless its expunged. I think it might be best to call the board and get some insight and ask how far you should go. If they don't then maybe best to talk to a professional license attorney and see what advice they can give you. After consulting with many attorneys, the best thing on your side is time. Since you have had a lot of time pass, you are in the clear and have a good case. My letter describing everything and the outcomes, etc etc still wasn't enough so I will likely be going down that road and hiring one and represent me at a hearing. It is a cost path but in the end it will be worth it. You have a good case where so much time has passed and one will be able to represent you should you get denied.
So as an update, I am still waiting patiently and working hard to achieve my goal. I am determined to get this as everything is behind me. In a few months I will have an update. Yes its been a tough battle, but persistence, dedication to the profession and the strive to get me there are the only things holding me!June 18, 2019 at 9:21 am #2485302
Thanks for writing back. I downloaded my complete driving record and my PBJ does show up. Unfortunately, I cannot get that sealed. My DC is the only one I plead guilty and it too cannot be sealed. I’ll call the board and inquire about my situation. I really would be devastated too if I’m denied because of the misdemeanor.
When you disclosed were you required to provide explanations right away or did they follow up with you later? I may end up requiring legal advice too.
Thanks and I wish you all the best too.June 18, 2019 at 10:15 am #2485569
I Called the Board. They said I will need to get a true test document from both districts and submit with my application. They said I should be fine because it was a long time ago. As long as I disclose. I truly hope that it’s true.June 18, 2019 at 3:36 pm #2486553fgd720Participant
This is very concerning to me. I have a felony for Manufacture/Deliver THC <200g from 2006 when I was barely 18 years old. It feels like that was practically a different life and I haven't looked back since. I have passed 2 of 4 exams so far and will be finished before the end of this year for sure. This charge from 13-14 years ago better not stop me from getting my license. It sounds like time elapsed is on my side but its still a felony. Up until reading this every colleague and fellow CPA I've spoken to told me not to worry about it.June 18, 2019 at 11:24 pm #2488224BobsacajawillieParticipant
Cyer- Wow it’s kind of mind blowing as to how self centered you are. The OP is talking about things that actually prevented him from being licensed, and you’re discussing DUI’s from 15 years ago. To me it comes off as insensitive, because it’s really a nonissue, and you’re taking the focus away from the person with the real issue. Seriously get over yourself.August 28, 2019 at 6:41 am #2662545
@Cyer That is true, you must get a test copy of all your stuff which is documentation to be sent in with a letter disclosing the event(s), charges, dispositions, etc. Be honest especially if it happened a long time ago. They obviously followed up when the Board met and sent back a letter denying.August 28, 2019 at 6:43 am #2662548
@FGD You should be okay especially due to the time lapse. Nonetheless, confirm with the board. Felony is still a felony but you never know.August 28, 2019 at 8:45 am #2662734Pork Flavored BaconParticipant
AnonForAdvice, I hope things work out for you. You finished school and cranked out all four exams and have started your accounting career. Even though the last charges you had were two years ago, you did everything right since then and you are just an approval by some people away from being a CPA. Damn, what a shame. Maybe when your probation is complete they can reconsider you for licensure. Again, I really hope things work out.August 28, 2019 at 7:12 pm #2663904SilentParticipant
I personally glad you got denied. I wish the board had much more clear rules and regulation that would tell people if they will be able to get license base on their criminal record. No one with criminal record work as CPA, yes this might sound harsh but once person made a serious mistake and got convicted they should be denied professional licenses be it CPA, attorney or a doctor license.
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