« on: July 02, 2011, 04:42:15 PM »
Six years late isn't a little late, it's real late. Anyways, I agree with you on your situation, but your speaking in terms of values not facts. Most states "allow" the practice of law with a felony conviction. Meaning a felony conviction is not a bar to practice, the local bar examiners make a case by case decision. Two states have an automatic bar with a felony conviction, TX and DE (I think).
That said, it is incredibly difficult to get approved by the examiners in most states. It is possible, however. I'm not down with our criminal records system either, it's a way of branding people for their entire lives. The way that used to be done, was an actual branding into the flesh. The modern way is less messy (which some people seem to think means civilized, it doesn't), but just as crippling. People who have never been through it are quick to judge, I've noticed the same type of attitudes of vindictive ignorance when rich people criticize poor people. If your working for 8$/hr, you kind of need the 8$; regardless of your actual innocence or guilt.
Some felonies are egregious, but some things you would be amazed are felonies. If you can't get a public defender, sell everything you own, borrow every single cent you can and hire an attorney. A felony will ruin your life.
One other thing, you know that any drug conviction- misdemeanor or felony- bars you from getting federal student loans. It's messed up, I know. One simple possession conviction and boom no college, no upward mobility, no decent job, no decent salary and the cycle continues. So there is another round about way the system will try to bind you.
I used to work in a courthouse where so many of the defendants did not care if they were innocent or guilty, they just wanted to go home as quickly as possible. The end result of a conviction brands you and makes your chances of succeeding in life exponentially more difficult. Regardless, good luck.