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Q: Can a person obtain a license to install security systems in Maryland with a felony conviction over 20 years ago?

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Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Yes. There are only two absolute qualifications: (1) be at least 18 years of age; and (2) be of good moral character. #2 is what you will be concerned about. A license "may" be denied on account of a conviction or plea of nolo contendere to a crime of theft of a crime "of moral turpitude" (most felonies and fraud/theft crimes). The focus, however, is on your current moral character. Therefore, a 20 year old conviction may be treated as something that happened so long ago that you are a changed person since then. You will want to present evidence of how you have lived a lawful, moral, contributing member of society these past 20 years (steady employment, home and family life, etc.). You are applying through the State Police for this license, and a denial may be appealed to a hearing board if you are not granted a license. If the felony conviction was for murder, rape or similar and a large part of the past 20 years was spent serving your sentence or parole, then you may want to plan to work in some other field. The details and facts matter. You do not really provide any to base an answer upon, but this should give you an idea.

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