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Certificate of Good Conduct

When a person has been convicted of a crime, things may become harder for them and they may feel like even though they have been rehabilitated they are treated differently because of their conviction. There are ways to help relieve some of the stigma when it comes to reinstating some of the rights that they have lost, and making it where employers and licensing agencies cannot hold their convictions against them. One of these ways is through a Certificate of Good Conduct. Below are questions that have been asked in regard to a Certificate of Good Conduct that have been answered by the Experts.

What is a Certificate of Good Conduct?

A Certificate of Good Conduct is much like a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities; both are awarded to felons that have been able to adequately prove that they are rehabilitated. A Certificate of Good Conduct is awarded to individuals who have two or more felonies. A Certificate of Good Conduct allows these convicted felons to be able to apply for jobs knowing that they cannot be denied employment due to their being a convicted felon.

Is there a way for a felon to regain their right to have firearms in the State of New York?

The only way for a convicted felon to be able to regain their ability to own and possess a firearm in the State of New York is to apply for and receive a Certificate of Good Conduct from Board of Parole or the individual’s sentencing court, according to the New York State Department of Corrections and Supervision. The Certificate of Good Conduct must specify that the individual is receiving back their right to firearms, for the individual to regain their right to possess firearms. Those felons who were convicted on a Class A1 felony or a violent felony are forever barred from owning firearms and are ineligible to receive their firearms back.

Can a felon run for office if they get a Certificate of Good Conduct in the State of New York?

In some cases a felon would be awarded the ability to hold or even maintain public office if the individual is able to receive a Certificate of Good Conduct. It is important to note that it must be a Certificate of Good Conduct not a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities. The law to back this up can be found in New York Correction Law §§ 701 and 706.

If an individual had a felony conviction in the State of New York but has moved to another state, if they want to apply for a Certificate of Good Conduct to which state do they apply?

If an individual has a felony conviction in the State of New York, then that is where they must apply for the Certificate of Good Conduct. It does not matter where the live at this point in time. If the individual has served jail time in prison then that individual will need to apply for the Certificate of Good Conduct with the New York State Department of Corrections. If the individual was not sentenced to prison time then they would need to apply with the court in New York that sentenced them.

A Certificate of Good Conduct is different from a Certificate of Relief of Disabilities in that a Certificate of Good Conduct is used for people with multiply felonies and if a person holds a Certificate of Good Conduct they are able to run for public office. A Certificate of Good Conduct application will need to be made, if the person has served prison time, to the Department of Corrections for the state that they were sentenced in. If a person has any questions about what a Certificate of Good Conduct is able to do they can always ask an Expert.

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    Hi and thanks for your time. My good friend, who has been an upstanding citizen, is well educated with multiple degrees, and has a good job admitted to me that after his divorce and the death of his father he began shoplifting. He did this from one particular big box store repeatedly and once or twice from a sister store. He took the same thing over and over. He estimates over a 5 month period of time he took around $3500 of a specific item. On at least one occasion he returned one for a store credit. He sold many of the items he took through a few different means including online. I am sickened and scared for him. Now fast forward, he has been free and clear of the particular store chain for over five months, not one step inside or near the place. While doing the thefts he was never once stopped by a store employee/LP, no alarms ever sounded, no police involvement, nothing in the mail, absolutely no indication they knew or knew it was him. He has lived in fear for the past five months and continues to live in fear. He’s lost weight, suffers headaches, vomits, and has nightmares. He is a wreck from the anxiety and fear. He has no one to blame but himself though and he knows that. He was at the lowest point of his life after his divorce, losing his father, and beginning to struggle financially with one income after being married. He has never been a dishonest person and his admissions mortified me. He is guilt ridden. We have a few questions: 1. With 5 months having passed since his last activity and store visits and 11 months since he started, what are the chances anything actually comes of this? 2. If they were on to him wouldn’t he have been contacted by now, it’s been 5 months of no activity, if they were on to him I would think they would see he isn’t coming back? I understand rackets are investigated for months on end but I would have thought someone would have contacted him? 3. If they were to investigate how would they at this point, look at video cross referenced from inventory, with the thefts starting 11 months ago and ending 5 months ago would they even have video? 4. He used his credit card to buy things during some visits could they find him on video and follow him to the register and get his ID from there, he also used id with the returns? 5. If somehow they don’t know what happens at inventory time when that degree of loss of an item is detected, would they hit the video? 6. I understand that to feel totally safe statutes of limitations must pass however realistically speaking if a store has reconciled lost inventory and moved on how would someone that stole in the past be found out without getting caught in a new instance of shoplifting? 7. Overall, based on your expertise and experience what would your gut feeling be: will they piece this all together or since so much time has passed since the last incident with no contact is this likely something that will not come to light provided he does not resume such activities. I just keep thinking that 5 months have gone by and if they knew they would have come for him. Thanks
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