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  • Volenteering with a felony conviction

    Hello all,

    First off I'd like to thank you all for your service to the community. I've made a few mistakes in my life before getting sober almost 5 years ago now. I don't have a drivers license and don't get it back till 2026 . I'm a multiple DUI offender. I'm also a Union constitution worker in Philly, that being said right after getting sober the only job site we had available was the Navy Yard and I heard thru the grapevine that I needed an actual DRIVERS LICENSE to get onto the jobsite. Needing work bad I took my brothers info to the DMV and got a license in his name with my picture. About a month later we both got indefinite suspensions. I went to the DMV hearing and admitted to doing it w/o his knowing. The DMV lifted both our indefinite suspensions(his imidiataly and I got one extra year suspension) the DMV nor my brother pressed charges on me but a few months later detectives showed up to my door presenting me with felony identity theft and forging government documents charges. The case laid dormant for 3.5 years. Two weeks after my wedding my lawyer called me to tell me the state was pursuing the charges but they offered me a deal. Of course I took the deal. Since sobering up I worked really hard to make my life do a complete 180 just to have this come back and bite me in the butt, but I know I did something wrong and have to pay for my mistakes. I want to join my local FD here in town and give back to society. I work hard and always put 100% into whatever I do. From reading other threads I know they do a background check and of course my felony conviction is gonna show up, the crime was committed 4.5 years ago now but only just got sentenced this past April 1st. Currently on house arrest and have 3 years of probation which I was told by my P.O. that I'll get off in half the time because I already paid my fines and she can tell I'm not the person I was in the past. 90% of my friends now are police officers and my uncle was a predominant person here in town till his passing and his name is VERY well known. I'll do whatever I have to to be able to join my local FD. I obviously know I have to get off my house arrest first but didn't know if I have to finish my probation first as well? I also know that I need to put references on the application which I would obviously be putting police officers down as my references and also my aunt who as soon as the local FD sees her name on the reference list I'm sure they'll call her first with who my uncle was. I'm hoping my uncles name and the police references one of which is the current Srg. in my town as well will help me be able to join. Am I making a fruitless effort? I don't wanna waste anyone's time. I'm willing to work hard doing whatever I have to do. Like I said I know I made a mistake and I've already completely turned my life around, coming up on 5 years sober, recently married, foreman with my company in the union, and I'd like to add volenteer fire fighter to that list as well. Any information or advice any of you could give me is GREATLY appreciated.

    Again I'd like to thank you all for being the heros in your communities that you are!

    Thank you
    Steven S.
    Last edited by Steven22; 05-08-2016, 10:14 PM.

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    Pretty sure you have to have a driver's license for just about every department everywhere.

    So with that said, you're likely going to be waiting until at least then.

    I mean if you're looking for the percentage of likelihood, I personally feel inclined to tell you it is too late. I'd never tell someone to not pursue their dreams but the odds seem really stacked against you, even to volunteer.
    Last edited by Drax; 05-11-2016, 02:24 AM.
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    • #3
      Not what I was hoping to hear, but I will still try. I guess the worst they can say is no. I don't want to just give up, ya know what I mean?

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      • #4
        No, no work license for DUI offenders. Even tho I've been sober for 5 years I tried contacting a lawyer not too long ago to see if there was anyway I could get it back but there's no way here in jersey. I'm hoping the license doesn't matter as long as I don't drive. The fire hall is literally a block or so from my home so getting there for a call would be no problem at all. I'm just worried about my record, and hoping my uncles name along with police references will help
        Last edited by Steven22; 05-11-2016, 03:53 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by fire5555
          How old are you?
          I turn 33 this Saturday, May 14th

          Originally posted by fire5555
          I do know in my state convicted felons are not allowed to have some jobs, where they have to go into peoples houses.

          Maybe find some other type of volunteer work

          Or see if you can volunteer at the dept, doing other jobs besides riding a truck. Not much fun, but that will get you in and maybe eventually let you on a truck.

          That's all I want to do is volenteer. I'm not looking for a paid job. I have a great job with the union and would just like to give back to society and be part of something bigger.

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          • #6
            Thank you for your advice, I'll give it a go! Hopefully they let me join!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Steven22 View Post
              Thank you for your advice, I'll give it a go! Hopefully they let me join!
              Let us know.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Drax View Post
                Let us know.
                I was told I have to wait till I'm off the H.A. program and then to apply and they'll see what they can do for me then since my charge was from 4 years ago. I'm keeping my fingers crossed! I get off the program on August 10th. I'll let ya know what happens then. Thank you again for your advice, I'm not giving up though!

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