Felony review for NREMT test

Smallblock3074

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I'm looking if anybody knows how long it takes for the National Registry to review your application with a felony
 

MackTheKnife

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Contact NREMT directly. Asking others will get you a variety be of answers.
 

MackTheKnife

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Welcome. Not being an a$$, but all you'll get is opinions which are worthless as everyone with a felony is different.
 

CANMAN

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Agree with Mack on contacting the NREMT. The bigger issue is going to be finding employment, if that is your goal with the certification. Just something to consider before diving in full on.
 

MackTheKnife

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Agree with Mack on contacting the NREMT. The bigger issue is going to be finding employment, if that is your goal with the certification. Just something to consider before diving in full on.
Concur. Make sure you understand that this will not be easy since it's a felony as compared to a misdemeanor.
 

Smallblock3074

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I am in the prosses in getting felony expunged call the Clean Slate Program. Hopefully this will help. Thank you for your response
 

MackTheKnife

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Good luck to you. Hope you're successful and whatever happened before, doesn't happen again.
 

FNGperpetual

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Hello.
I have a felony. I am AEMT for 8 years now. Mine is about 15 yeara old,when i was 22.

I had to apply to national registry and have my case reviewed by a board. It took almost 6 months to hear back from them. The reason I passed was because my crime did not involve "moral turpitude"

However. My criminal history continues to be the bane of my existence . However I strive to not blame and accept responsibility. Sometimes I am considering a completely different career.. Like engineering. They hardly even do background checks from what I see.

The 1st time I attempted EMT basic I got stonewalled on my clinical's by the fire department who is in charge of rideout's. I completed the classroom portion and that was it.
My 2nd attempt of EMT basic was successful because I anticipated the problem and I spoke to the director at and EMT program and made sure we were all good and that I could do my ride out as long as I meet the education requirements.

In my 8 years as being an EMT-I , I've been able to get on at small volunteer fire departments and volunteer EMS services. Mostly private ambulance companies,oilfield, or contract gigs and events. However I've been denied many jobs. I've passed the interviews pass the skills task and then when it comes to the background you would think I had the plague. I've even been hired and fired as soon as my background was discovered. I always report it but I don't report it right away I wait to the interview has been completed and if they wanna move forward with hiring then I tell them before they do the background check.

I've been denied from so many jobs it seems like I'm stuck working at the transfer service and volunteer in at 9:11 place somewhere. I wanna have a full career in advance and get on at a solid place with decent pay and good benefits. Ive wanted be a paramedic my whole life. But I got caught up with drugs when I was a teenager and throughout my early twenties.

Right now my game plan is develoo professional references and good work experience. Go back to school get my national registry paramedic and apply nationwide.. Somebody is bound to give me a chance I pray to God... a good 911 job in a big city. get really discouraged. I believe beefing up my education as much as possible will help my situation also. A bachelor's degree and paramedic would be sweet. But the fact is I think the public would be nervous if they do about my background and I could see it on people's face .. They smile and say OK we'll call you back..yeah..

Sorry this turned into a ***** session but this topic is heavy on my heart.

If you do any help or advice let me know. I've been through the wringer with my criminal history and I pay for it every single day.
 

MackTheKnife

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Hello.
I have a felony. I am AEMT for 8 years now. Mine is about 15 yeara old,when i was 22.

I had to apply to national registry and have my case reviewed by a board. It took almost 6 months to hear back from them. The reason I passed was because my crime did not involve "moral turpitude"

However. My criminal history continues to be the bane of my existence . However I strive to not blame and accept responsibility. Sometimes I am considering a completely different career.. Like engineering. They hardly even do background checks from what I see.

The 1st time I attempted EMT basic I got stonewalled on my clinical's by the fire department who is in charge of rideout's. I completed the classroom portion and that was it.
My 2nd attempt of EMT basic was successful because I anticipated the problem and I spoke to the director at and EMT program and made sure we were all good and that I could do my ride out as long as I meet the education requirements.

In my 8 years as being an EMT-I , I've been able to get on at small volunteer fire departments and volunteer EMS services. Mostly private ambulance companies,oilfield, or contract gigs and events. However I've been denied many jobs. I've passed the interviews pass the skills task and then when it comes to the background you would think I had the plague. I've even been hired and fired as soon as my background was discovered. I always report it but I don't report it right away I wait to the interview has been completed and if they wanna move forward with hiring then I tell them before they do the background check.

I've been denied from so many jobs it seems like I'm stuck working at the transfer service and volunteer in at 9:11 place somewhere. I wanna have a full career in advance and get on at a solid place with decent pay and good benefits. Ive wanted be a paramedic my whole life. But I got caught up with drugs when I was a teenager and throughout my early twenties.

Right now my game plan is develoo professional references and good work experience. Go back to school get my national registry paramedic and apply nationwide.. Somebody is bound to give me a chance I pray to God... a good 911 job in a big city. get really discouraged. I believe beefing up my education as much as possible will help my situation also. A bachelor's degree and paramedic would be sweet. But the fact is I think the public would be nervous if they do about my background and I could see it on people's face .. They smile and say OK we'll call you back..yeah..

Sorry this turned into a ***** session but this topic is heavy on my heart.

If you do any help or advice let me know. I've been through the wringer with my criminal history and I pay for it every single day.
One felony? Any chance for expungement? Talked to a lawyer?
 

FNGperpetual

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One felony? Any chance for expungement? Talked to a lawyer?
2 felony. when I was 20 and when I was 23. Less then a gram of drug possession. Not eleagble for expungement because I violated deferred adjudication probation. However I'm slowly working on the 30 page application through the board of pardons and paroles to submit to the governor. Only a governor can Grant a pardon.. But I'm not sure if the pardon clears my record I think once I get the pardon then I have to go through the courts to get them expunged off my record.

I've reached out to 2 or 3 but I've not been able to communicate with a lawyer yet
 

FNGperpetual

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Agree with Mack on contacting the NREMT. The bigger issue is going to be finding employment, if that is your goal with the certification. Just something to consider before diving in full on.
There's people out there in EMS and fire that are willing to give you a second chance. Especially if you interview well, are honest.
 

CCCSD

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Two Felonies, PLUS you violated the terms of your Probation... You have problems, as evidenced by that history of drug abuse. You are not getting any points by failing to disclose and hitting a prospective employer with it AFTER the interview. That’s an automatic DQ.
 

FNGperpetual

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Yes sir, i do have have problems. But I've also made countless steps to move away from my past. Did my time and played my fees. Education, helping people that have experienced similar problems, serving the community I the private and public sector, countless volunteer hours, making amends with friends and family. Taking care of my self and being happy is the best redemption. Problems, Moving "up" in employment, renting an apartment, no gun rights, no voting rights. The blemish on my record caused many problems. All because I made bad decisions as a young man. Those days are long behind me but I try to accept it ans not be a "victem". Not let my past define me,but it did happen..I just dont live in that place anymore

Do you think employers are going to call me back if include my 15 year old arrest record on my job application? If my history is the filter that have so see me? I do agree, if the job application ask ,put it on the
of application. I've never just straight up lied about it, The time comes I bring it up. However I do market on many initial applications. This may be part of accepting responsibility and ownership of my past. However, peope are more accepting of it ,after the meet me and talk to me. I admit, I am still somewhat lost on how to present with this "problem".

If you have any positive advice that would be greatly appreciated sir.

Maybe i just need own the background on evey job application, Increase my education, Build positive job references. This is the plan.. But I lean more towards (till convinced other wise)not bring it up till necessary
 
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DrParasite

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Here is how I see it: you are competing against people with 0 felonies on their record. If I have two applicants, one with multiple felonies, and one with out..... who do you think I should hire? it's not different than a person with a clean driver's license, vs one with a DUI and several speeding violations. And it's really hard to blame them either.

And you are right, many people will see "felony" on your history and immediately reject your application, in favor of applicants without felonies.

The only way I can see you overcoming is by getting someone high up in the organization (think top three administrators for the entire agency) vouching for you, and this person needs to be high enough to permit the agency to waive the normal background check requirements. And this will be difficult to find.

I don't mean to sound harsh, but this is one of those times when those stupid things you do as a kid really do have a long term impact on the rest of your life. Maybe you will have better luck with a paramedic cert, but you might finish P school and still find difficulty obtaining any position that requires a level of trust.
 

CCCSD

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Why would an organization waive a background check in violation of their policy and the insurance company? Lawsuits down the road with huge ramifications. Government entities won’t do it.
 

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Maybe i just need own the background on evey job application, Increase my education, Build positive job references. This is the plan.. But I lean more towards (till convinced other wise)not bring it up till necessary
That's all you can do. Try to stay positive and be the best person you can be and roll with the punches. Good luck.

It's really unfortunate that so many obstacles are placed in the path of someone who has a record but has paid their debt. We tell these people to get their act together and become a functioning member of society…...and then we make it as hard as possible for them to do so.

I have a good friend who spent quite a few years in federal prison for (non-violent) drug charges that triggered mandatory minimum laws. He got out like 20 years ago, and he's one of the most reliable and trustworthy people I know (he's the only person outside my family who has a key to my house) and he's built a good career and made an admirable life for himself. But it's been an absolute struggle for him; many times harder than if he didn't have the felony record. He worries constantly that if he loses his job he won't be able to find another good one, and he's probably right. It's just too bad.
 

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It's really unfortunate that so many obstacles are placed in the path of someone who has a record but has paid their debt. We tell these people to get their act together and become a functioning member of society…...and then we make it as hard as possible for them to do so.
Totally agree with this. A felony in this country truly does alter ones life trajectory FOREVER. There's almost never a point where a felon has paid for their crime and can move on with life.
 
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