Asked in Criminal Law and Real Estate Law for Arkansas

Q: If I have a misdemeanor charge for theft that is being expunged will this still bar me from getting a realtor license?

I haven’t started the process yet for my expungement, but I am in the process of trying to find a lawyer to do so, it’s a Misdemeanor A Theft.

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James E Hensley Jr
James E Hensley Jr
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Conway, AR
  • Licensed in Arkansas

A: Once the charges are expunged you the charge will not show up on your record with the state of Arkansas; however, there are other websites that record you being charged. They rarely receive notice of the expunged record. You might need to send them a copy of the file marked expunge order.

Even though the record has been cleared be sure and mention this charge. You should probably give the board a copy of the charge, disposition, and expunge order. It's one thing to have a criminal record. It is a great thing to remove that record. But you must be very honest with a license application. Any sort of dishonesty - no matter how small - will cause you lots of trouble.

Good luck with your new career. I look forward to seeing your name in lights. If you consider the needs of others first, you will be wildly successful!

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