Minneapolis, MN asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Minnesota

Q: I was wondering if I can become an attorney even though I had a felony when I was 16

I was granted a stay of adjudication and completed probation I also fully paid my restitution I am currently 18 now an want to know if it would affect me now

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Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Take a look at the web page for the "Minnesota State Board of Law Examiners » Character and Fitness Requirements." My guess is that it will be possible, though perhaps some extra attention may be necessary when applying. You could also give them a call to discuss your situation.

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rogers, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: I would contact the Minnesota Board of Bar Examiners. It may very depend on what the underlying offense was. There is a "Character and Fitness" portion of the bar application that you need to fill out. It will provide details on what questions are asked. I am sure that it is available online.

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