In 2021, Arizona passed a new law allowing individuals who have had their convictions set aside to receive a “Certificate of Second Chance” from the court. This new form of relief is governed by Arizona Rev. Stat. § 13-905 and provides three main benefits to a person with a criminal record:
- Makes it easier for a person with a criminal conviction record to obtain an occupational license under Title 32;
- Makes it easier for a person with a criminal conviction record to obtain employment by providing employers with statutory protection against a negligent hiring lawsuit;
- Makes it easier for a person with a criminal conviction record to obtain housing by providing certain protections to the person or entity providing housing.
Who is eligible for a Certificate of Second Chance?
With a few exceptions, a person who successfully obtains a set aside of their criminal conviction is eligible to apply for a Certificate of Second Chance. If the court does not issue a Certificate of Second Chance at the time of the set aside, a person may apply for one if their conviction is:
Waiting periods are calculated from the end of a person’s sentence, which in most cases, is the end of probation or parole. A person can receive only one Certificate of Second Chance in a case.
The easiest way to find out what is on your record, and whether your rights can be restored, is to use Rasa’s eligibility tool. Rasa’s eligibility tool is easy to use and it takes less than 3 minutes to get your results. Rasa’s eligibility tool uses advanced technology to scan Arizona court databases to identify what is on your record. It then processes the information and analyzes it under Arizona law to determine what legal options are available to you.