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Can I become a prosecutor with larceny felonies? And what steps can I take to get there?

Roanoke, VA |
Filed under: Criminal defense

All larceny based charges. Served jail time did community service paid restitution and fines.

Attorney Answers 2


  1. It's doubtful you would be hired. You would have to go through the interview process and ultimately there will be a decision made by the Commonwealth Attorney's office. Since every Commonwealth Attorney is elected to their position, and everyone of them run on a platform of "tough on crime", I can't see how they would have a hiring policy that included hiring convicted felons.

    That doesn't mean you won't pass the Bar exam and get licensed to practice; and there are hundreds of areas of law in which you may be better suited other than prosecuting criminal cases.

    Good luck.

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  2. With felony convictions, you may have a difficult time being allowed to sit for the bar examination in Virginia. It is likely that the state bar will ask you a lot of questions about your past convictions and they ultimately make the determination regarding character and fitness to sit for the bar and be a licensed attorney. If you have gotten over that hurdle, employment options may be affected by the felony conviction. As a defense lawyer, however, it may make you more "real" to clients who are also dealing with those issues in their own lives.