Orlando, FL asked in Criminal Law and Employment Discrimination for Florida

Q: Does a misdemeanor marijuana offense when I was 17 show up to law schools or the BAR association in Florida?

This offense was expunged through a diversion program and I checked the FDLE for any criminal history and it returned no criminal history.

2 Lawyer Answers
Michael  Mayoral
Michael Mayoral
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Coral Gables, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You are going to have to disclose the case to the Florida Bar and likely law schools (depending on what the application says), even if it was sealed and expunged. The good news is that there are a ton of lawyers with misdemeanor convictions who get accepted and accepted to the bar. The key thing to do is to disclose it. You will have a much more difficult time if you fail to disclose it.

Bruce Alexander Minnick agrees with this answer

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Failure to report this incident on you application for The Florida Bar will probably result in denial. You MUST report this incident--and let the Florida Board of Bar Examiners investigate it--or you are sinking your ship before you set sail.

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