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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
Concur. Make sure you understand that this will not be easy since it's a felony as compared to a misdemeanor.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.
One felony? Any chance for expungement? Talked to a lawyer?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.
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.One felony? Any chance for expungement? Talked to a lawyer?
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.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.
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.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
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.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.