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Mar 3, 2011, 12:16 PM
I have a felony and it was from vehicular assault. I was 23 when it happened and it was from drinking and driving. My friend was in the car and broke her finger. She didn't want to press charges but the state did. I was barely over the limit, no excuse but just saying. To top it off my friend was suppose to drive but I was more sober then her so I drove. It was the worst thing that has ever happened to me but such a learning experience that has changed my life. I will NEVER drink even one and drive! So now I am wanting to go back to school and I am looking into becoming a medical assistant at pima. Do you think that it will hold me back from getting a job? I have a feeling if I tell my story it might help. I just hate talking about it.. It's humiliating and if you knew me you would never think of me as a felon. It's crazy how one night can totally ruin everything. I had never even been in trouble before. I hope I can get a job doing this because I know I would love it. What do you think?
Mar 3, 2011, 01:33 PM
This is a toughy. Technically, every hospital/clinic will do a background check on you, and it's a bit tough to get a job let alone even without a felony, and with one, in this job market, it's probably not very likely. Chances are, you'll be turned down at every instant, but if any employer actually reads your story and hears your story, it is not impossible.
Mar 3, 2011, 02:09 PM
Have you tried applying to clear this charge from your record? It seems like you'd be a decent candidate to get something like that expunged, especially if your friend never wanted to press charges in the first place (I think excon would be a good person to comment more on this).
What this world needs is people like you to go to schools and scare the poop out of kids about how one stupid decision can negatively impact the rest of their lives. I'm sorry you had to deal with it and I'm VERY GLAD you will never drink and drive again. It's NEVER worth it, EVER.
You should google search "how to clear a felony conviction in [your location]" and see what it says.
Mar 3, 2011, 07:16 PM
You have almost no chance of a position with that on your record in the medical field.
Mar 9, 2011, 04:57 PM
You should look into getting your felony conviction expunged[/URL], which would essentially act to remove the conviction from your record as if it never happened. I should note that this is never a guarantee and yes, an employer can use the presence of such a conviction on your record as a factor in determining your candidacy for employment.
Mar 10, 2011, 05:35 AM
which would essentially act to remove the conviction from your record as if it never happened.Hello violet:
You're CLOSE. A pardon does that.. An expungment only hides the record from public view. If asked on an application whether one has BEEN convicted, with only an expungement, one must answer YES. However, with a pardon, one may answer NO.
May 5, 2011, 04:57 PM
I am so sorry to hear your story. Because the **** sandwich and humiliation sounds all too familiar. Your story sounds reasonable and believable. Many out there in power have the power to understand your story but not the power to forgive the accident or the consequence. I don't know why we are all branded but it's one thing the constitution was animatedly against. I have a misdemeanor DV harassment charge with my ex-wife and it holds at least the same consequence or worst. So don't feel bad you felons people with misdemeanors get treated just as bad. My ex-wife got the same charges against her they just buried them and looked the other way. I want to try to create a web site where we can all go to register and vote against any politicians who don't want to support post conviction relief and the sealing of records. It's not harassment apparently when your married have children together and you ****ing the neighbor. I never beat her like some people might think of domestic violence it's a long story but we mostly just argued loudly. She did many things that should have landed her in prison the rest of her life that I overlook in an effort to preserve the family. The knives she pulled on me the bottles broken over my head you would think someone would realize who was really violent. But I got a label branded on me that will last a lifetime thanks to the State of Colorado and I feel like if they don't give me some room to breathe and get over this I might just show them some real violence so I can earn the brand they have left me with. Indecently it would never be an innocent bystander but someone who keeps advocating making sure the accused don't ever get to work nor find forgiveness in time.
May 5, 2011, 05:42 PM
Interesting that you should ask.
I just finished doing some research for someone who asked about this, so I know a little about a specific area of law on this subject.
It seems that my state, Alaska, has a regulation that prohibits any hospital from employing anyone convicted of a whole slew of crimes. They are called "barrier crimes". The ban on employment can last, depending on the exact crime, 5 years, 10 years, or for life.
I don't know if this is a Medicaid-required regulation (and thus required in all states) or not, but it was really shocking when I found out about it.
May 5, 2011, 07:04 PM
There is a Medicare required regulation that prohibits anyone with some specific crimes from being an a position to have interaction with patients.
But from how it was explained to me, various states enact it differently and have some vague areas.
** The janitor in a medical office does not see, treat or have any professional interactions. But they may be in the same room with them, or perhaps bring them some supply for bathroom.
In fact places I have worked the past 12 years, all run annual background checks
Dec 23, 2011, 10:15 PM
i have lived in ruidoso downs for 41 years, i recently moved to az wanting to get a college degree in assistant nurse i have to be a resident here in order to get help with financial aid i just like a month in a half so i was still going to visit my parents,brothers,sister,well my family back in New Mexico so i was visiting my niece and police did a drug bust on her house and i got charged with two felons and spent seven days in county jail so i was wanting to know is that going to affect my getting a degree and working at a hospital
Dec 24, 2011, 05:20 AM
Just going to jail won't. BEING convicted will.
Jun 3, 2012, 08:17 PM
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