I have a 1993 felony (first degree burglary) that was expunged in 1997. This was in Santa Clara County, California. This is the only item on my criminal record and it was due to stealing my parents' VCR for a cocaine addiction. I was recently denied licensing as a psychologist in Oregon, partly because of my felony, even though it was expunged. I read about Certificate of Good Conduct and Certificate of Relief from Disabilities. Could I obtain these in Oregon? Would either one help me with my appeal to obtain Oregon state licensing as psychologist? I have Ph.D. in psychology from APA-accredited school. I understand that the Certificate of Good Conduct is necessary where there is a felony or statutory bar for certain kinds of convictions (1st degree burglary?). What does this mean?
Criminal charges are formal accusations in court that someone has committed a crime. Criminal charges have many classifications and degrees of severity.
A felony is a crime that is punishable by more than one year in prison. Certain especially severe felonies may be punishable by the death sentence.
by attorney David Haenel
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