how do i explain, that because I realized I had an compulsive disorder that was triggered by my need for help when i became stressed and feared a violent relationship. post traumatic stress in an unconscious way took anything from a store and carelessly as to get arrested and get away from my abuser for the moment......as I felt safer and desperation caused a compulsive urge to commit petty theft. once I BECAME AWARE OF THIS PROBLEM I IMMEDIATELY SEEKED AND RECEIVED COUNSELING AND MEDICATION TO DEAL WITH THESE IMPULSES THAT WHERE OUT OF MY CHARACTER . The fact that I have taken the real estate course to be the honest person I am and provide a better quality of life for my 2 boys....never doing things that I don't believe in out of fear and a way to escape a violent relationship.
It's not really a legal question. There is no "law" governing what disqualifies you from a license in FL, it is in the discretion of that board. You should call the board and ask them directly as they are the best source. 5 times will be tough to explain tough, and theft isn't the best crime to have on your record. They may not trust you with your client's property/funds, but no one can tell you except the real estate board as they make the decision.
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This is not a criminal defense question; It is an administrative / regulatory / licensing question, and no lawyer can tell you whether or not you will be licensed as a Realtor.
If you want to increase your odds at getting a competent answer then you should ask the only folks who can provide you an answer, to wit: the Florida Real estate Commission. For your convenience I have attached a link to their website below.
Please see: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/re/frec.html
I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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This is not actually a criminal defense question, but a licensing question. Check with the Florida Real estate commission to find any exclusions from licensure, or ask a licensing attorney.
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Your question is important; many people ask about criminal convictions in the licensing/employment context. First, look at the rules the licensing board uses for its decision-making. Maybe they only consider convictions. I can't advise, because I don't work in that area. Second, when you say "5 cases," that is a little unclear. Do you mean 5 arrests and no convictions or do you mean that you have accepted a withhold of adjudication for one or more cases? Unless expunged, arrests remain on your record. If you accepted a withhold, those cases will show up in a criminal history check as well. Third, please be aware that, even if you are a licensed real estate agent, a future employer may run a criminal history check on you. Crimes of dishonesty (theft is one) create problems being hired for many jobs. My advice would be to first review your official criminal record. Then, compare your record with the rules of the licensing board. You may find it may be worth speaking to a criminal defense attorney to see if anything can be done with your criminal record (such as vacating a plea). Best of luck.
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