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Old March 8, 2013, 05:35 PM   #1
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Arrest record

When I was 18(43yrs ago) I made a bad decision and got busted for procession of stolen property, a felony. Will this still be on my record, will a background search find it? If so, what can I do to get it removed?

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Old March 8, 2013, 06:02 PM   #2
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If you were convicted, yes, it will be on record.

As to getting it removed, you should consult a lawyer -- advice you get via the internet is worth what you pay for it.
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Old March 8, 2013, 06:03 PM   #3
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I think the standard is convictions, not arrests. If you were convicted, Startpage(.com, the H*** with google) "records expungement requirements" for you state.
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Old March 8, 2013, 06:10 PM   #4
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Your state may have a procedure for re-instating your rights even though your record will till be there. Check your states web site for information or google rights restoration for your state.
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Old March 8, 2013, 06:45 PM   #5
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If you were convicted, it WILL show up and it is also a felony to attempt to purchase a firearm if you are a convicted felon. So be sure before you have a dealer run a background on you.

You need to ask an attorney this question. It will certainly vary from state to state as to the procedure for reinstating rights. I will say, that I know a couple of folks that were successful in my state,with one having been made whole very recently...took them the better part of 20yrs to get it done, but there convictions were not 43yrs in past, when they started the process. It will most assuredly be a slow go in any state...and not inexpensive.

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Old March 8, 2013, 07:29 PM   #6
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Welcome to The Firing Line.

As Vanya stated, yes, it will still be on your record if you were convicted and have not had it expunged. Felonies have a nasty habit of following one around. Yes, it makes you a prohibited person under federal law.

I'll give you the standard advice that I give in these threads:
  • You need a lawyer versed in firearms law, both federal and state.
  • You need a lawyer versed in expungements & pardons.
  • You need a lawyer versed in restoration of firearms rights.
  • You do not need legal advice on a very serious and potentially life-changing matter from a bunch of internet gun folks who may or may not know what they're talking about.
  • You do not need to discuss details about your situation on the internet.
  • What you discuss with your lawyer is confidential.
  • What you post on the internet is not.
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Old March 8, 2013, 08:52 PM   #7
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Did you ever lose your voting rights in Texas? A felony conviction should have prohibited your voter registration until the sentence was completed.
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Old March 8, 2013, 11:26 PM   #8
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A felony conviction should have prohibited your voter registration until the sentence was completed.
Yes, but even though voting rights may be restored, the lifetime bar on firearms ownership still applies.
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Old March 8, 2013, 11:34 PM   #9
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Lot's of speculation and there's no doubt a lot of information we don't have, and shouldn't have.

Spats provided the definitive answer in post 6.
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