Certificate of Good Conduct
Certificate of Good Conduct
A Certificate of Good Conduct is a certificate that permits a convicted criminal under NY law to obtain housing, jobs, and other benefits that might have been forfeited by a criminal conviction. The certificates purpose is to prove that you have turned your life around and you are presumed to have been rehabilitated.
A Certificate of Good Conduct can be obtained by an individual who is convicted of more then one felony. However, you do not become eligible for a certificate of good conduct until a set minimum period of time has elapsed since the date your criminal sentence ended or your unrevoked release from custody by parole.
Obtaining a Certificate of Good Conduct for a Misdemeanor Criminal Conviction
In criminal cases in which the criminal conviction is for a misdemeanor there has to be at least one year of satisfactory community adjustment before one can obtain a certificate of good conduct.
Obtaining a Certificate of Good Conduct for a Class C, D or E Felony Conviction
In criminal cases in which the criminal conviction is for a class C, D or E Felony conviction there has be at least three years of satisfactory community adjustment before one can obtain a certificate of good conduct.
Obtaining a Certificate of Good Conduct for a Class A or B Felony Conviction
In criminal cases in which the criminal conviction is for a class A or B Felony conviction there has to beat least five years of satisfactory community adjustment before one can obtain a certificate of good conduct.
Temporary Certificate of
Good Conduct vs. Permanent Certificate of Good Conduct
The Certificate of Good Conduct issued to you while under parole supervision is a temporary certificate. The certificate will become permanent upon discharge from supervision.
Government Jobs & Certificate of Good Conduct
New York employers and government agencies that require employees to have certain licenses to work in select jobs are required by law to consider a convicted criminal’s Certificate of Good Conduct in determining whether to give you the job or license notwithstanding the fact that you have a criminal record. If a law says that you can not work in a certain job, or obtain a certain license due to the criminal conviction – the Certificate of Good Conduct can remove that restriction and allow you to obtain that job or license. However, an employer can still look at your criminal record. The Certificate of Good Conduct just prohibits them from completely barring a candidate based on his or her criminal record.
A Certificate of Good Conduct can also restore other rights or privileges an individual lost because of his or her criminal conviction. This includes:
Appointment as the Legal Guardian of a Child
- The right to Vote
- The right to carry a firearm
- The right to hold public office
To Apply For A Certificate of Good Conduct you must download or request an application for a Certificate of Good Conduct from:
Certificate Review Unit
New York State Division of Parole
Please call us at (347) 292-8608 if you are looking for legal assistance in obtaining a Certificate of Good Conduct
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