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Can you licensed to practice law, with an arrest record but no convictions?

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Yes--it's an issue for character and fitness once you pass the bar but it should happen!

I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. The above information is not a substitution for a meeting whereas all potential legal issues can be discussed.


Yes you can. You will need to disclose all criminal charges to the bar when you apply to be licensed. If you are charged with a crime after you are admitted, then you do not have to do anything until there is a conviction. to be double sure check the biennial application for your law license in NYS.

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Yes. There are criminal convictions you can have and still earn a law degree and be licensed. State Bar examiners look at applications and convictions on a case by case basis.

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Yes, it is the convictions that cause problems. And anticipate possible questions regarding the circumstances surrounding the arrests.

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