Posted By rej69 on 03/08/2014 4:44 PM
I am embarking on a new career path after years of alcoholism. I have a domestic violence conviction (Being drunk at home) and a deferred felony for injury to a child (spanking my 12 year old while drinking). I want to know if there is a chance in hell of becoming certified. I have the class ordered, a family member who is a CAT adjuster to hold my hand and walk me through getting started, but do not know if I am wasting my time. Anyone who has overcome this barrier or knows of someone who has, I would love to hear your story. Thanks
First thing's first, there is NO shame in alcoholism. My father was the greatest man I know and he was an alcoholic till the day I had to take him off of life support on 28 September 2013. The illness that is alcoholism does NOT define a person anymore than CANCER defines a person.
Based upon your information, one must believe your domestic violence conviction was a misdemeanor (please correct me if I am wrong) Whilst I do NOT know the specifics of your case, the fact remains a deferred Felony is NOT a conviction unless you do something to violate your terms of "probation" for lack of a better word.
I have multiple members who have had colorful criminal histories and most were able to become licensed adjusters. Most importantly you must NOT attempt to hide your past (which you obviously have no intention to do)
If you have a Felony on your record and (some misdemeanors) for example Florida. If you have a felony, (It cannot be involved with a breach of trust, fiduciary duty, or involve insurance fraud) If it is, you are out of luck.
They have a three tiered system for our claims adjusting brethren with a felony on their record. Not sure on the cut offs but for simple felonies (again for lack of a better word) you have a 5 year waiting period from date of conviction, more serious the felony comes a 10 year waiting period and a 15 year waiting period for a serious felony BEFORE you can apply for a license.
I know of folks with multiple DUI's who were able to become adjusters. I also know of an individual with multiple drug convictions who was able to become licensed.
Be this as it may, the people you need to be talking too are the state's Department of Insurance to which you want a license with. They are the be all end all with regard to your particular set of circumstances.
I wish you all the best
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