Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona signed a new bill into law, offering help to those with criminal records to get a chance at finding a job.
House Bill 2067 allows convicted criminals the chance to set aside the conviction and obtain a Certificate of Second Chance. This certificate will allow for a second chance at employment, obtaining occupational licenses, and even for housing approval.
What Is A Certificate of Second Chance
Even though a person is unable to erase their criminal record, convicted criminals who have fulfilled their sentence or parole can have the court set aside the conviction to receive a certificate.
This certificate will give those with a felony or misdemeanor a greater chance at employment.
Convicted criminals will get a chance to apply for a Certificate of Second Chance starting on August 27, 2021.
Limitations Are In Place
There are some limitations when it comes to who can apply for a Certificate of Second Chance.
Those who CAN apply for the certificate are those with misdemeanors or with Class 4, Class 5, or Class 6 felonies. Two years must have passed since completing their sentence, including parole and probation.
There are some excluded crimes. Those who have committed the following are unable to apply for a Certificate of Second Chance:
· Driving under a suspended license
· Criminal speeding
· Aggressive driving
· Crime involving a deadly weapon
· Any sexual offenses, including those with victims under the age of 15
Obtaining A Certificate of Second Chance
For those who obtain a Certificate of Second Chance, still need to admit to any convictions when asked by an employer. All employers will be able to find that a person was issued a certificate through criminal background checks.
To successfully receive a Certificate of Second Chance, some factors are considered such as:
· Nature of the offense
· Compliance of the applicant
· The age of the applicant at the time of conviction
If you are interested in learning more about a Certificate of Second Chance, speak with our team to learn how we can assist you with the process.