Mckinney, TX asked in Criminal Law, Education Law and Uncategorized for Texas

Q: I’ve been trying to research. I can’t find a definitive answer. I am looking at studying law.

Is it still possible for me to become a attorney with a family violence misdemeanor in TX?

1 Lawyer Answer
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Austin, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: I do not know the answer but the first thing I would research is the investigation relating to the "Declaration of Intent" that all law school students must pass to become an attorney in Texas. The investigation decides whether or not you are mentally and morally fit to become an attorney. They will consider your criminal history, whether you obey court orders, if you have significant past due debts, do you have chemical dependency, did you file your taxes, and did you hide anything in the application... meaning it is best to disclose the negative stuff upfront then risk them finding out because they will ding you hard for "lack of candor."

It is my understanding regarding criminal history that dishonesty and lack of trustworthiness in carrying out responsibilities are big issues... so small offenses like shoplifting, failure to appear on a ticket, and driving without insurance are potentially serious issues. Once upon a time, an assault of a woman by a man was considered a "crime of moral turpitude" that legally indicated that a person was evil, immoral, etc. This is obviously sexist because it didn't work in reverse but I'm not sure if this rule was ever updated or if it still exists.

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