Chances are if you’re a teacher in Arizona you know the state requires teachers to have a fingerprint clearance card. This is because teachers work with children and young people. A fingerprint clearance card is an assurance there is nothing in an individuals background which would preclude having such a card and working with youth. Sometimes, when there is a fingerprint card denial or revocation, there may be circumstances that qualify for a Good Cause Exception. Understanding how fingerprint clearance cards work for teachers and Good Cause Exception can help in obtaining a card despite having a criminal history.
Applying for a Good Cause Exception
After receiving notice there has been a denial or suspension of a fingerprint card, a teacher can then apply for a Good Cause Exception with the Arizona Board of Fingerprinting. To do this the teacher must fill out an application fully including the notice from the Board about the situation.
With the application individuals must include:
- Two letters of reference by someone the teacher has known for at least a year.
- A statement which describes any positive lifestyle changes the teacher has made.
- Form that current or former employer must complete as evidence that any sentencing requirements were met.
- Police reports relevant to the charge.
- Disposition information.
When the Board of Fingerprinting Reviews the Matter
Some of the mitigating circumstances that the Board of Fingerprinting will review for a Good Cause Exception can include:
- The extent of the teacher’s criminal record.
- The length of time since the offense occurred.
- The degree of participation in the offense.
- Nature of the offense.
- Rehabilitation of the individual.
- Whether restitution or other compensation was paid.
- Evidence of positive change.
Fingerprint Card Revocation
When the Arizona Fingerprinting Board receives report of an arrest or conviction of a crime the executive director of the Board will notify the person who holds the fingerprint clearance card. After the board notifies the teacher it is likely the fingerprint board will deny the card. Once the board revokes the card the teacher can then apply for Good Cause Exception.
Having an Attorney is Key
An attorney can make the whole process of obtaining a Good Cause Exception much less stressful for an Arizona teacher. Your attorney can quickly get documents from the courts, can write a statement showing why the person deserves their fingerprint clearance card,
and can make sure the application is properly filled out. It can be quite daunting to do all this on your own.
For a teacher to have a fingerprint clearance card denied, suspended or revoked can be extremely traumatic. It looks as if a career is going down the drain. However, with a Good Cause Exception, there is hope for the person. He or she can very likely obtain their fingerprint card
after all and proceed with their career. The attorney can make the process much more successful, which is exactly what is needed.
If you’re an Arizona teacher who has questions about good cause exception or would like to set up a consultation, contact Chelle Law today.