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Marietta, GA |

I have an online business as a reseller on and eBay. I need to register for a business license in Cobb County as well as with the Secretary of State. Upon reading the application for Cobb County there is a question regarding arrests and convictions. I have a criminal record to include a couple felonies all non-violent. All my cases are closed and the probation is completed. Will I be denied a business license because of my criminal history? I wanted some information before I go waste my money with the state and/or the county.

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You should consult with a business attorney in Cobb County. Usually, if you have a criminal history, the licensing board will take into account: (1) the severity and reprehensibility of the offense(s), (2) the duration since the last offense(s), (3) have you taken responsibility, (4), truthfulness in your application, and (5) what things have you done since your last offense to reform yourself. Contact an attorney in your jurisdiction to obtain the best course of action for you.

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For a standard business license, it is unlikely that you would be denied. That would not be the case for specific licenses such as selling alcohol, etc. Filing with the secretary of state does not require these disclosures.

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