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i suggest you first file for a pardon to have your rights restored - then you can proceed with an expungement of the record so that when you take your Boards for licensing, nothing is revealed and you can answer no to any questions pertaining to convictions
use this link to learn more on the process
your pardon needs to come from the state where the crime was committed
it is a simple application process - but thats the end of it being simple
once you do that, you are placed on a list for a background investigation - this could take 18 to 24 months depending on the size of the list - once the investigation begins, it could take another 6 months or so to get back to the board with a recommendation - the board then decides whether to pass it on to the governor or not
look, it cost nothing to apply - you wait but if you get the pardon it is well worth it in the end -
you could consult with a local attorney to see if they would assist - but there really is not much they can do - there is no hearing or anything