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Applying for the CPA Exam with a Criminal Background

January 22, 2024
Est read time: 2 minutes

Are you aspiring to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Florida, but have a criminal background? Before you can achieve your dream of becoming a CPA, you will need to disclose your charges, provide paperwork relating to the charges, and attend a meeting before the Florida Board of Accountancy. The guidance of an experienced attorney can ensure a smooth journey through this application process.

Once you apply, the Board will review your criminal background disclosure to assess your character and fitness to become a CPA. If the Board has concerns about your criminal history, they may set a hearing where you have the opportunity to explain the circumstances surrounding your past charges and your rehabilitative history since the last charge. This is a critical moment in your CPA journey and proper legal representation can make a significant difference.

Navigating the application process for the Florida CPA exam can be daunting, especially when you need to address concerns related to your criminal background. Here is how legal representation can benefit you:

  • Professional Guidance: An attorney well-versed in CPA licensing matters can guide you through the entire application process, ensuring you meet all the requirements.
  • Criminal Records: Depending on the extent of your criminal history, obtaining all necessary records to complete your application can be a complicated and time-consuming process of its own. Our firm routinely obtains these types of records and will handle that entire process for you.
  • Board Hearing Representation: In the event of a Board hearing to consider your application, our firm will fully prepare you for the meeting and attend it with you to provide guidance and ensure your case is professionally presented to advocate for your eligibility to become a CPA.
  • Peace of Mind: Having an attorney by your side can ease the anxiety and uncertainty often associated with the application process, allowing you to focus on your career goals.

Becoming a CPA in Florida is an achievement that can open doors to countless opportunities in the world of finance and accounting. However, the application process can be complex, particularly when addressing past criminal charges. Seeking legal representation from an experienced attorney is a smart decision that can improve your chances of success. If you are applying to take the CPA exam and have a criminal background, our firm is ready to help you navigate the process and achieve your dream of becoming a CPA.

Call the law offices of Howell, Buchan & Strong at (850) 877-7776 now to arrange a free, no obligation consultation with Thomas Buchan, Esq., to discuss your case and how our firm can assist.

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