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Hello to all, my name is Gabriel and I'm looking for some advice.  I have always loved police work and for the longest, it's been my dream to one day become a police officer.  I am currently a student pursuing my associates in criminal justice and I'm about 2 months shy of getting my degree.  I need some advice: I have a criminal past, I have a felony for aggrevated assault with a d. weapon.  It wasn't a conviction, it was ajudication withheld.  Since then I have been problem free I have added to my family, and like I said before, I finally decided to get a degree in criminal justice.  My question is "do I still have a shot at becoming a police officeror not? Any help would be greatly appreciated and welcomed. Thank you.....

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Did I post this under the right forum. Can someone please respond, thanks....

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I would recommend posting it in the LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREERS forum, also ther is not enough info. for me to give a good response to your question.  I am not sure, but from your post it sounds like a "guilty' or "nolo condre' plea with probation ( a deal workd out between the prosecuting and defense atty's and approved by the judge), but am far from sure.

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I am curious if it was a plea bargain or a suspended imp?

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OK, I'll play.  How long  ago was this felony?  How long was or is your adjudication withheld? How old are you? Do you like flowers?.....


Hello my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.

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Agg. assault w/ deadly weapon (even with adjudication withheld) will automatically disqualify you from getting hired by any LE agency that I am familiar with.  Even though it was not a conviction it would still show up in a background investigation.  A record like that makes you too much of a vicarious liabilty to be hired as an officer.


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OK, I'll play.  How long  ago was this felony?  How long was or is your adjudication withheld? How old are you? Do you like flowers?..... MADE ME LAUGH!!!!!!!!


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 it was withhold of adjudication with probation.  I was 21 at the time and it happend back in 2004.  I have since then been out of trouble and am 1 month away from graduating with my associates in criminal justice.  I heard that as long as it wasn't a conviction that I should be fine, if not can anyone maybe suggest anything else like maybe a field in probation, corrections, etc.

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OK some of my questions were answered but there is still two more- 


 


How long was the probation and DO YOU LIKE FLOWERS?


Hello my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.

"It's not a constitutional violation for a police officer to be a jerk." Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy -December 4, 2000

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OK some of my questions were answered but there is still two more- 


 


How long was the probation and DO YOU LIKE FLOWERS?


 


....is that a trick question sir?... lol


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At 21, I don't see you getting hired anytime soon.  The three agencies I have worked for which has been County, City and Federal.  You wouldn't get hired for a felony.

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OK, I'll play.  How long  ago was this felony?  How long was or is your adjudication withheld? How old are you? Do you like flowers?.....



HAHA!  i needed a good laugh this morning.


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No change your college courses.


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Not going to happen any time soon. You should try and obtain a different degree because LE may never be a possibility. I can't speak for every department on convictions vs. adjudications, but it may depend on the rest of your past. "aggrevated assault with a d. weapon", that's pretty serious and I can't imagine that being the only thing hindering you from an LE career. It doesn't seem like a one time "oops" situation if you know what I mean. Good luck with the psych and polygraph.

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Ain't gonna happen, sorry.


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Try teaching.

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Do not change your degree. If you do wait until the hours transfer to a four year institution and then pursue another degree.

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Sorry, I couldn't resist...

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I do not know if this is a joke post or not, but anyway just take this into consideration: I know what you are going through as I am also just about to finish my degree and am also in the academy. In Ohio where I live, there is 80 police academies in full swing right now, with about 20 students in each one. That is 1600 cadets all chomping at the bit to get into law enforcement, all of which have already successfully passed multiple background checks. Now, multiply that by 50 states and that is the number of people you are going against for jobs that, for the most part, are not even there with the economy the way it is. You do the math. Why would they hire a liability when there are so many qualified people with no record? Not trying to be mean, just telling you how it is.

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This crap again. What makes you think you desrve it over all those who have lived their lives sacrificing to meet their goal. Never straying from the path to become a police officer. They had a commitment to their goal, honor and loyalty to their cause. To be the best cop a dept would want to hire.


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Would it still be possible to do other things within the criminal justice field like probation, corrections,etc.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks for all the help and advice so far guys.

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umm, maybe u could be a lawyer???


you could get a degree in paralegal studies?????

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umm, maybe u could be a lawyer???


you could get a degree in paralegal studies?????



That history will prevent you from the joining the Texas Bar.


Hello my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.

"It's not a constitutional violation for a police officer to be a jerk." Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy -December 4, 2000

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I don't know how it is in other states, but if you want to move to Albuquerque, New Mexico, I can almost guarantee you with a degree in criminal justice, and as long as you were not convicted, you can be hired as a  correctional officer here.  Apply at the Metro Detention Center, also with the private prison system, CCA (Corrections Corperation of America.)  I have worked in the prison system, and not all C/Os have lilly white hands.  Actually, the city has hired people with backgrounds that a lot of people on this web site will tell you that you have NO CHANCE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, which is not entirely true.  You can be a C/O, if you want it, and being a correctional officer is a great way to open doors.  AS a C/O you will never get the same respect as a full fledged police officer, but it is something, and you are young enough to make a new name for yourself.  Just don't get into anymore trouble for the rest of your life.

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Of course, I don't have all the facts and circumstances of your particular case and background.  A felony arrest looks bad, but as long as it was not a CONVICTION, and there was nothing else, I would like to think it is not over yet. Even as their as those shaking there heads no, based on what I have seen in my state, you can get a job as a C/O, just not as a police officer. 

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Thats what I love about the dumbing down of this country. Now it doesn't matter that you committed the crime, but whether you were arrested and/or convicted in order to get the job. Why do some make the distinction?  If I rob a bank but don't get caught and then want to be a cop is it going to be held against me?  A criminal is still a criminal. Whether arrested or not. Give me a break.

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OK, I'll play.  How long  ago was this felony?  How long was or is your adjudication withheld? How old are you? Do you like flowers?.....



HAHA!  i needed a good laugh this morning.



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I understand that Iraq is hiring police officers . Thats about as close as your going to get in Law Enforcement.


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The fact that some correctional facilities hires individuals who have been charged with crimes, but not convicted of crimes is not the, "dumbing down" of the United States of America.  It is because our facilities are overcrowed, and we are understaffed. In fact, we are desperate to hire people.  Many times, I have worked with a full staff of 25 C/O's supervising over 1000 inmates.  If an indivdual has had enough discipline to get a degree, and has not been in trouble for 10 years, after realizing they made a mistake; I cannot legally refer to them as a criminal for the rest of there lives.  Now, a convicted sex offerder to me, is a shitbag for life, and nothing can change that.  I however, am not putting this particular indivdual who asked this question, in the same category as a convicted sex offender, serial killer, or bank robber.  We have a high turnover rate, and the requirments to be a C/O are not as strict as that as a police officer. 

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As a C/O in washington it kills me to admit but the bar is set pretty low for c/os. My department (state) doesnt even have grooming standards that most para military would have, we have guys with full beards , gauged earings etc. However I uphold my self a little higher being prior navy. We even had a guy was basically deaf (hearing aid) and blind in one eye ( they got rid of him recently due to security risks but still holds a position since they hired him that way).


Do police depts look down on corrections or does it help? I have heard both

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