Please tell me a little about yourself, your age, whether you are married, if you have children, if you work, if you go to school. Thank you.
My thought would be to focus on three things, acceptance of responsibility, positive actions since the conviction and how obtaining the permit will be a benefit to you and the city.
Regarding acceptance of responsibility, this would include statements to the effect of admitting that you made a mistake, you completed the requirements of the deferred adjudication program, paid any relevant restitution and otherwise addressed anything else arising from the prosecution.
As to positive actions, this could include that you have been completely crime free since 2003 (and committed no crimes previously, if accurate), you have continued to raise your two children and you have held similar jobs in other cities and states. You might also include any actions such as community service, volunteer work and the like.
As to benefiting you and the community, you might indicate that the permit will allow you to continue working and being a productive member of society, which, of course, would help ensure that you continue to remain crime free. Additionally, giving you the permit would allow you to bring your services to the members of their community.
Please let me know if you need clarification on anything.
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Please understand that I cannot read their minds and am therefore unable to expressly tell you what will "change their mind" in this matter. Much like you, I am left to speculate a bit on the matter.
As to telling them "that it is not fair and reasonable to just deny a person" a permit, I would tread cautiously there. While you certainly want to point out the hardship that such a bright-line rule would create, you should avoid any appearance of shifting blame. If you make such a harsh statement, it might come across as blaming them and/or their policy instead of your actions that led to the conviction.
Please do not misunderstand me, I do not mean to speak negatively of you or your actions, I only mean to inform you of their likely perspective on the matter. With this in mind, you might want to tone it down a bit with a statement along the lines of, "It would seem unduly harsh to deny me a permit for a single conviction arising from a single incident of poor judgment in my 52 years of life. Instead, I would ask that you consider the overwhelmingly positive aspects from the bulk of my life."
By that, I mean that you would likely want to convey that it would be unfair to have a strict rule that a person cannot get a permit with a single conviction. Such a rule would eliminate an awful lot of otherwise "good" people!
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