Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Posted by Alan Childress
Last week we posted a bar candidate's query re his/her character & fitness options for a second DUI. Readers' responses were welcomed and, I'd say, quite helpful. That may have spawned this email to me asking similar help (edited slightly):
I am going to take the MPRE in November, and it got me thinking about the bar exam and how
to prepare elements for our application in advance. I had a question
about the effect of a criminal charge. Before I was 21, I was arrested
for using a fake ID. I did the required community service which
entitles me to expunge the charge from my record (which I have yet to do
but do plan on). I know that I must disclose this information, but I was
wondering if it would seriously affect my chances of being admitted to
the bar? I know that charges of fraud affect one's moral turpitude so I
was wondering if you think this will severely harm me in the future. Thank you for your time and help.
So, please weigh in, readers (and Mike and Jeff, of course). Does your answer depend on what state where the student plans to take the exam? One thing I do know: the person should seek the expungement ASAP.