What is a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities? 15 Answers as of June 26, 2013

I wanted to know what's a relief from the disabilities is imposted by state and federal law is granted do to a felony.

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Lowenstein Law Office
Lowenstein Law Office | Anthony Lowenstein
It depends on several factors.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/4/2011
The Law Offices of Robert L. Driessen
The Law Offices of Robert L. Driessen | Robert L. Driessen
When you apply for a job or a license and you have a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities or a Certificate or Good Conduct, an employer or licensing agency must consider it as evidence that you are rehabilitated. This means that your conviction should not result in your being rejected for employment or refused a license unless there is other evidence that you are not qualified. However, the law still permits an employer or licensing agency to refuse to hire or license you if your convictions are job-related. When you have a Certificate, you still must list your convictions on job applications that ask for them.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/3/2011
Brucar & Yetter, P.C.
Brucar & Yetter, P.C. | Wayne Brucar
It is a finding by either an Illinois circuit court or the Illinois Prison Review Board that allows you licensing for various Illinois licensed professions even though you have a single felony conviction that would otherwise disqualify you.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 6/26/2013
Palumbo and Kosofsky
Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
You make an application for relief from disability so that the concurrent infirmaries that occur with a criminal conviction you are relieved from said infirmaries, such as a convicted felon not being able to vote and / or disqualification from certain jobs.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 8/3/2011
Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
A certificate of Relief from Civil Disabilities provides relief to someone convicted of a felony from things like not being able to vote, not being able to own a firearm, not being able to get a civil service job and other things.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 8/3/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    A Certificate of Relief From Disabilities can be granted by a sentencing judge or at any time thereafter by an informal request with notice to the prosecution. The Certificate has very limited legal force in certain specific circumstances but it can also be used in a general sense to show to an employer or potential employer an indication that a judge did not think your conviction should bar you from employment.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/3/2011
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    8-3-11 A relief from disabilities is normally where a person under the age of 18 is relieved of the disabilities of being a minor making them an adult. It is most commonly seen where someone under 18 is getting married or joining military service. It has nothing to do with a felony conviction.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/3/2011
    Bloom Legal, LLC
    Bloom Legal, LLC | Seth J. Bloom
    It is unclear what exactly you are asking from this question.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 6/26/2013
    Frances R. Johnson
    Frances R. Johnson | Frances R. Johnson
    I have never heard of that in the context of a criminal case. You may want to direct this question to an attorney with a disability practice focus.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/3/2011
    Law Office of Sara Sencer McArdle
    Law Office of Sara Sencer McArdle | Sara Sencer McArdle
    I believe that you are asking about expungements. Expungements are granted to relieve people who have been convicted of felonies or lesser offenses. There is a waiting time required.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 8/3/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    It is a Certificate signed by the judge who sentenced you that will sometimes allow you to do a job that otherwise would be unavailable to you. The problem is that most employers will not hire anyone with certain convictions, especially felonies. If they hire a person with notice that they are drunk drivers, child molesters, rapists, etc. they can be sued later if the person harms someone. If they sexually harass another employee it could cost them millions. If they kill someone while driving at work, or even to work the employer can be sued, If the conviction is theft related an employer will hesitate to trust the person unless it was shoplifting when they were young and that was 10 years ago or more. If it is a drug conviction they will not usually hire that person, except possibly for a marijuana violation for possession.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/3/2011
    Smith & John
    Smith & John | Kenneth Craig Smith, Jr.
    A certificate of relief from disabilities is not a specific remedy available in Louisiana. Pardons and Expungements are the remedies available in Louisiana to restore rights.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 8/3/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    It is an order that grants relief and restores certain civil rights lost upon conviction, like voting rights. If qualified and you can show good cause sufficient to convince a judge to grant it, then you could apply. Generally, it requires a showing of full compliance with all terms of probation or parole, no other convictions, good conduct and references, etc. You can also consider getting your California conviction expunged; which would help in obtaining and keeping employment. Many convictions can be 'expunged' from criminal records by proper application and Petition to the court, but only if there was no felony prison time sentenced whether served or not, and if it was not for certain listed Sexual and Domestic Violence crimes, and if all terms of sentencing and at least one year of probation are completed, and if there are no new charges pending. If successful, the conviction would be withdrawn and the charges dismissed. Expungement does not clear, 'remove' or erase the conviction, but merely changes the record to show 'conviction reversed and dismissed by expungement'. When applying for a job in the private sector, you generally do not have to disclose a conviction if it was expunged. However, the conviction is still a 'prior' or 'strike' for purposes of repeat offense, and must be disclosed on any application for government and professional employment and licensing, bonding, security clearance, etc. The licensing agency and employer then can decide whether you are barred from licensing or employment because of the conviction.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/3/2011
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    A Certificate of Release from Disabilities restores your right to vote and hold public office. It basically takes away the negative remains of a felony conviction but DOES NOT restore your right to keep and bear arms. That right must be restored by the court that took that right away
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/3/2011
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