Generally speaking, a "substantially related" conviction is a conviction for a crime that implicates a contractor’s ability to perform contracting work in a safe and responsible manner.
If there was guilty pleas that is also a minus.
If there is a period of rehabilitation (7 years for felonies and 3 years for misdemeanors) that may help in the process. Rehabilitation means there has been no further offenses since these last ones and/or you have taken classes to rehabilitation your conduct.
The idea of rehabilitation - the notion that people can move past their crimes – is important in contractor license discipline and license denial cases based on criminal convictions. Just because someone went through a bad patch in the past doesn’t mean that person is unfit to do contracting work today.
The Registrar will consider a number of factors in determining whether a contractor or applicant has been rehabilitated from his or her crime, including the time that has elapsed since the conviction.
In general, a contractor may be considered rehabilitated:
CSLB will also consider the following:
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