Arizona Fingerprint Board Attorney
At Chelle Law, our Arizona Board of Fingerprinting Attorney educates clients on how things work and what to expect as they face challenges with the Arizona Fingerprint Board. If you’re facing the denial or suspension of your Fingerprint Clearance Card, our attorneys believe you must know about the Board you’re interacting with. We also think it’s essential to understand how an attorney with experience can help you.
Individuals with substantiated allegations of child/adult abuse or neglect are listed in the Department of Child Safety Central Registry or Adult Protective Services Registry.
The applicant can apply for a central-registry exception when the Board reviews applications from individuals who have been disqualified after a central-registry background check. To do so, the applicant must demonstrate their rehabilitation and haven’t had additional substantiated allegations.
A good-cause exception is for individuals with criminal histories whose fingerprint clearance card has been denied or suspended by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. To apply, an applicant needs to demonstrate rehabilitation and that there have been no other criminal acts. We can assist with the following:
- Obtaining Court Documents
- Representation at the Hearing
- Writing your Personal Statement
- Criminal History Review
- Assistance with your Expedited Review
- Check your Application Requirements
Status of Arizona Fingerprint Case
Board staff will not share information about a case with anyone but the applicant unless the staff has received explicit, written permission to share information.
The written authorization must state the following:
- Whom the staff can share information with
- Signature of the applicant
- Current date
- They will not provide an applicant’s case status update by e-mail unless an authorization form is submitted.
Arizona Fingerprint Board Court Documents
If you’re trying to obtain Fingerprint Clearance Card but have previous convictions, it’s crucial to know what the Arizona Board of Fingerprinting requires. Individuals must show the AZ Board they have completed sentences for all convictions, no matter how long ago they occurred.
In some cases, applicants for a Good Cause Exception must show the disposition of a charge (if you were not ultimately convicted) and a Personal Statement explaining the details behind each criminal incident. Providing Arizona Fingerprint Board Court Documents as evidence is one way to show the disposition of your past case and criminal history. The Board will then assess your criminal history and case dispositions through the documents you provide.
Court Documents for Convictions
Individuals must obtain court documents to show they have completed their sentence.
Court Documents for Charges
Applicants should also obtain court documents showing the disposition of the case. These documents show the Board if the case(s) has been dismissed, struck, etc.
When to Hire an Attorney
You must know when to hire an attorney and how an attorney can help you. An attorney can help direct you on where and how to get the documentation you need to present to the Board. They can also help represent you and give you the best chance at obtaining a Fingerprint Clearance Card. That’s why it’s essential to have an experienced professional on your side.
At Chelle Law, our attorneys assist in obtaining documentation, representing you in front of the Arizona Fingerprint Board, and more.
Arizona Fingerprint Board Hearing
Are you facing an Arizona Fingerprint Board Hearing but don’t know what to expect?
Individuals who are denied a fingerprint clearance card or have had one suspended must apply for a good cause exception with the Arizona Fingerprint Board. If the initial expedited review of your good cause exception application is denied, the board will automatically forward the case to a hearing in front of an administrative law judge. A good cause exception is initially rejected because there is a pending criminal case or you haven’t completed the terms of probation.
How you can end up in front of an Arizona Fingerprint Board Hearing:
- If you are denied your initial good cause exception or central registry exception.
- A criminal case is still pending an outcome.
- You are still completing probationary terms of your criminal conviction.
This hearing is at the Arizona Board of Fingerprinting, where you must physically appear. You will need to arrive at the time and date specified in your notice of hearing. You will appear in a conference room before the administrative law judge when the hearing begins. The administrative law judge will then swear you in and ask questions about your case.
Fingerprint Board Hearing Topics Covered
- Your current or past criminal history.
- They’ll discuss why you were on the Central Registry (if applicable).
- Steps you have taken to rehabilitate or change your behavior.
- What are the probationary requirements you were asked to complete? They’ll want to know what you learned.
- Why you should be given a fingerprint clearance card
- Review of documents submitted
Arizona Fingerprint Board Personal Statement
When the Arizona Board of Fingerprinting requires a Fingerprint Board Personal Statement, you must describe, in detail, each of your arrests or charges (along with the court documents) listed in your application package. The Board has a handout that contains examples of positive and negative personal statements for your good cause exception or central registry exception.
Once complete, the Board will review the statement in the initial expedited review of your application. An effective personal statement can help you avoid a good cause exception hearing.
Fingerprint Board Personal Statement Contents
The personal statement should contain the following:
- An explanation of every criminal charge (whether it resulted in a conviction or not).
- Include all criminal charges in Arizona and every other state.
- You should include any charges from any point in your life (time does not matter).
- Explain what was going on in your life at the time of the charge, such as:
- Were you having substance abuse issues?
- Psychological problems?
- Did a bad relationship lead to poor decision-making?
- Financial troubles?
- Family drama, etc.
- Steps you’ve taken to rehabilitate or modify your behavior since the charge:
- Rehabilitation or treatment for substance abuse
- No longer in a bad relationship
- Psychological treatment (on new medication)
- Continuing Education
- Exercise, diet changes, etc.
Personal Statement Tips
- Follow the instructions carefully.
- Allow yourself enough time to write, revise, and proofread your personal statement.
- Describe your strengths.
- Read your personal statement out loud to make sure it flows and makes sense.
- Ask someone to proofread your work to ensure correct grammar and spelling.
- Type your personal statement or ask someone to type it for you.
Lawyer for Fingerprint Clearance Card
If you would like to set up a consultation with Chelle Law or learn more about the services our Arizona Fingerprint Card Attorney provides, reach out today.
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