So uh, what happens if you have been arrested before?

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So uh, what happens if you have been arrested before?

Postby notaznguy » Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:38 pm

So let's say you have been arrested before (like I dont know...for protesting at some Occupy thing or whatever), will it show up on your record that would hinder you from practicing law?

I was looking at the California Attorney Search thing, and 100% of the attorneys I searched had no "Disciplinary and Related Actions" recorded. If you have just 1...JUST ONE...is life over?

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Re: So uh, what happens if you have been arrested before?

Postby cinephile » Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:51 pm

You should probably contact the state bar where you hope to end up.

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TrojanHopeful
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Re: So uh, what happens if you have been arrested before?

Postby TrojanHopeful » Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:53 pm

Doesn't the disciplinary action thing only show actions that have occurred after the attorney has been admitted to the bar? Also, the California Bar does not have any automatic bars to admission.

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Re: So uh, what happens if you have been arrested before?

Postby Gail » Sat Nov 19, 2011 10:41 pm

Wait... What do you mean? Are you talking about post-law school or before law school? Because I'm pretty sure there is a sizable amount of applicants who have been arrested.

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Re: So uh, what happens if you have been arrested before?

Postby Scipionyx » Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:49 am

I don't think protest arrests are going to prevent you from passing the bar. Plenty of activist lawyers have been arrested at protests. People have been arrested for civil disobedience and spent months in jail for political beliefs, and still manage to get into law school and presumably become lawyers. I think the bar is looking for stuff that might indicate propensity towards unethical activity generally in the practice of law (embezzlement, multiple DUIs), and if you were arrested for a cause that you can justify, that wouldn't be an issue. Now if you were arrested for assault on a cop, that would probably ding you, so don't get caught doing that.

You should get in touch with (1) the state bar to run it by them and (2) National Lawyer's Guild (http://www.nlg.com) for more info, it is a radical lawyer's organization. Keep up the good fight.

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Re: So uh, what happens if you have been arrested before?

Postby Gail » Sun Nov 20, 2011 1:40 am

By get in touch with the state bar what exactly do people mean? Call and explain the situation and ask them one of the following:

Will this be an issue for me to sit for the bar exam?
What can I do to correct this?
Do I have any options?
Am I going to hell?

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Re: So uh, what happens if you have been arrested before?

Postby ben4847 » Sun Nov 20, 2011 1:47 am

What if you have been pepper sprayed in UC Davis?

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Re: So uh, what happens if you have been arrested before?

Postby bport hopeful » Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:32 am

Ive been arrested a handful of times for some BS. Didnt disclose it to the school i applied to, and told them like 6 weeks into the semester. They told me it was no big deal, made me write like 4 sentences explaining it, and im on my merry way.

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Re: So uh, what happens if you have been arrested before?

Postby omninode » Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:49 am

Unless you did something truly heinous, prior arrests will not keep you out of law school or the bar. Just be honest and disclose everything when asked.


p.s. Try not to get arrested in law school.

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Re: So uh, what happens if you have been arrested before?

Postby 03121202698008 » Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:08 am

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Re: So uh, what happens if you have been arrested before?

Postby crit_racer » Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:08 am

You'll be fine. Arrests don't automatically DQ you for law school generally unless it's something morally culpable. Also, I'm pretty sure bar profiles only pertain to things that happen after you're a lawyer, and I thought disciplinary action referred to people who were remanded for malpractice, etc?

Also, in at berk

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Re: So uh, what happens if you have been arrested before?

Postby GerardC3 » Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:07 pm

crit_racer wrote:
Also, in at berk



Congrats!

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Re: So uh, what happens if you have been arrested before?

Postby ben4847 » Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:10 pm

crit_racer wrote:Arrests don't automatically DQ you for law school generally unless it's something morally culpable.

Why are we making things illegal and arresting people for things which aren't morally culpable?


crit_racer wrote:Also, in at berk

congrats

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Re: So uh, what happens if you have been arrested before?

Postby TrojanHopeful » Sun Nov 20, 2011 4:12 pm

ben4847 wrote:
crit_racer wrote:Arrests don't automatically DQ you for law school generally unless it's something morally culpable.

Why are we making things illegal and arresting people for things which aren't morally culpable?


I like this question.

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Re: So uh, what happens if you have been arrested before?

Postby 89vision » Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:18 pm

ben4847 wrote:
crit_racer wrote:Arrests don't automatically DQ you for law school generally unless it's something morally culpable.

Why are we making things illegal and arresting people for things which aren't morally culpable?


crit_racer wrote:Also, in at berk

congrats


Why should laws be based on morals? Especially since morals is a completely subjective standard.

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Re: So uh, what happens if you have been arrested before?

Postby r6_philly » Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:40 am

TrojanHopeful wrote:
ben4847 wrote:
crit_racer wrote:Arrests don't automatically DQ you for law school generally unless it's something morally culpable.

Why are we making things illegal and arresting people for things which aren't morally culpable?


I like this question.


Whose morals?

And arrests != convictions.

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Re: So uh, what happens if you have been arrested before?

Postby ThreeRivers » Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:41 am

To sum this up:

In general- you'll be alright, but we need more info on exactly what was your charge

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Re: So uh, what happens if you have been arrested before?

Postby r6_philly » Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:44 am

ThreeRivers wrote:To sum this up:

In general- you'll be alright, but we need more info on exactly what was your charge


You mean what was the disposition. Then the charge.




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