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New Law Helps People With Criminal Records

Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona signed a new law that helps people with criminal records have a better chance at getting a job.

What is a Certificate of Second Chance?

This law, called House Bill 2067, lets people who have been convicted of a crime get a “Certificate of Second Chance.” This certificate makes it easier for them to find jobs, get licenses for certain jobs, and even helps with getting approved for a place to live. Although a criminal record cannot be completely erased, this certificate acts as a fresh start for those who have served their time or completed parole.

Who Can Get This Certificate?

Starting August 27, 2021, people with certain criminal records can apply for this certificate. It’s available to people with lesser crimes called misdemeanors, and for those with Class 4, 5, or 6 felonies. But, they need to have finished their sentence, including any parole or probation, at least two years ago.

However, not everyone can apply. People who have done certain things, like driving without a license, speeding dangerously, or committing serious crimes involving weapons or harm to others, especially children, cannot get this certificate.

How to Get a Certificate of Second Chance

Even with this certificate, people must still be honest about their past if a job asks. Employers can find out about the certificate through background checks. To get one, the court looks at what the crime was, if the person followed rules after, and how old they were when the crime happened.

Want to Know More?

If this sounds like something that could help you or someone you know, talk to us. We can give more information and help with getting a Certificate of Second Chance.

J. Horowitz
J. Horowitz

J. Horowitz leverages over two decades of experience as a seasoned employment law attorney in Arizona to offer insightful freelance writing on the same subject. After a successful career advocating for fairness and justice in the workplace, J. now dedicates his expertise to writing comprehensive articles, blog posts, and thought leadership pieces that illuminate the complexities of employment law.