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Can I get a real estate license in California with a misdemeanor on my record?

I have a misdemeanor for trespassing on my record from 5 years ago in Nevada. The original arrest was for felony larceny (shoplifting), but my lawyer got it to a misdemeanor trespassing conviction that I did community service for. Do you think I would have a chance at obtaining a real estate license in California? Or would I get automatically denied and not worth pursuing? Thanks! I appreciate any insight.

Nathan’s Answer

In your application, you will be required to be truthful. As such, you will have to list the details of the criminal conviction lest you be denied for being untruthful. As a result, it would be prudent to consult with counsel to assist you in styling an application that is truthful and also recounts all mitigation and rehabilitation since the incident. If the Bureau considers all factors and agrees you have been rehabilitated, you may pass unscathed. If not, you may be in for a long fight to get a license with probation, or to have to overcome a denial outright. It is important to start the process with as strong a footing as you can muster.

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