Felony Restrictions

Jury Duty and a Felony

What is Jury Duty?
Jury duty is serving your local or Federal government in legal proceedings. Jury duty is not optional and is a required service when you receive notice that you have been called to task. You may request an extension or dismissal depending on the circumstances.

During juror selection, you will either be selected to serve on the jury or dismissed from service. The time between being called for jury duty service will vary from state to state. Your employer is not able to fire you because you have been called to serve on jury duty.

Jury Duty History
Jury duty service goes back to the Magna Carta. In the United States, Jury duty has always been a process even before the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were put into place. Grand Juries were used in colonial America to help write laws, and determined who should be put to trial and who should not. Jury Duty has been used as a tried and true form of government since the United States was created.

Felons and Jury Duty
In most cases, if you have been convicted of a felony, you can not be called for jury duty service. Names for Jury Duty service are pulled from the registrar of voters. Since felons can not register to vote, their names will not be on the registrar list. This may vary from state to state.

Crime and Serving
A felony is a serious crime where in most cases, the person convicted has served time in person and are known as felons. Normally, felonies require a term in prison greater than one year. Regardless of the crime, if you have been convicted of a felony, you may still be disqualified form serving for Jury Duty.

Each state has different rules and regulations for felons serving on Jury Duty, so the state in which you reside may have more specific guidelines for felons serving on Jury Duty.

State Requirements
In some states, once a felon has served their time and completed probation successfully, their rights are reinstated. The felon is now once again allowed to vote, and therefore, their name will now appear on the registrar of voters. Because of this right, felons that have completed all probation requirements may be called to serve on Jury Duty.

For example, in California, a felon whose civil rights have not been restored is not allowed to serve on Jury Duty. If you have received a pardon, or had your records expunged, you may be able to serve on Jury Duty.

Federal Requirements
The Federal requirements for serving on Jury Duty are similar to most states. A convicted felon is not able to serve on a Federal Jury Duty. If the felon has had their records expunged or erased, they are no longer considered a felon and can now serve on Jury Duty at all levels, Federal, State and Local. The main thing for felons to remember is they must complete their probation requirements in order to be eligible to serve.

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I have a felony conviction of assult with a firearm but am very interested in joining any branch of military is their any way this can happen

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

I just plead no contest to possession for sales of cocaine what are my chances of getting a waiver? email me back if anyone has any idea any advice is much needed

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Lincoln Cox
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I had the bright idea to marry a exotic dancer!! who every time i tried to leave would call the police and say he pushed me he treatned me!! when all i wanted was to leave!!called the police when i wouldnt go to the mall to buy her fancy makeup!!! as the police and dallas da office proudly convicted me!!! on false allegations and my x-wife has admitted to lying and ruing my life forever!!!!!!!!! and has done the same to 2 other men!!!!! and gets away with it!!!!!!!how do i get this expunged away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I live with the same thing. I try to leave or go in another room and she follows me.Even in the car. I was convicted for allegedly "spitting" in her face which was a lie and without physical evidence. My protest got me another false charge of agg. battery to a bitch cop. I had to plead guilty. I have a record. tried to give me 6 to 30!!!

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vic ajazi
Thursday, February 7, 2013


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troy shiver
Monday, December 17, 2012

I was wondering how hard it would be for me to get a waiver with a felony conviction for accessory to criminal mischief? I am 25 and have been off probation since March of 2010. I never served any time in jail as this was my only criminal act as a juvenile or adult.

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Larisa Dutcher
Thursday, November 22, 2012

Is it possible for me to get a waiver from the air force? I have been to two recruiters and they deny me because of a Misdemeanor that I have for resisting arrest. Is there anything else I can do? What are my options?

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My father and my ex-husband were in the Military. I am a military brat. I loved the military because of the opportunities it affords you. My son went to the University of Texas on a football scholarship. He was a Texas Longhorn. He got in with the wrong crowd of people and got in to trouble, served two years on felony charges and has been off of probation for over a year. He is only 24 and needs a breakthrough. He didn't realize in his teens that this kind of record would damage so much in trying to get back in life again, nor did I. It is almost a design to put young men back to crime. They can hardly get jobs, apartments, in school or anything forever it seems. How much punishment can one receive for a mistake as a kid. Please help me to help him to get in a career in the military. He is a young man worth saving. Thank you for any considerations.

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Vickie Henry-Wright
Monday, October 29, 2012

hi i just read that the army and the marines are possible i know how you feel my son is going to be 23 and he has 3 drug felonies my heart and prayers are with you he was on work relase did 2 monthes in jail and went to drug treatment we lived in wa. state and it was his first offense my heart breaks for him. for a bad decision it is not easy please feel free to contact me anytime go with GOD speed

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

In 1977 I was arersted in California for resisting arrest but the charges were upgraded to assult. I had a trail by Judge. He found me guilty and sentenced me to service two years in prison however,because I had never been in trouble before he reduced the sentence and gave me two years probation. While on probation I received a wavier from the court to join the Army. I service 20 years in the service and currently work for the federal government. This incident is my only run in with the law over 54 years. So my question is why can I vote but not sit on a jury?

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Michael D. Little
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

My son was convicted of a felony in Texas. He has served his time, is currently on probation and is paying his fine. He has moved to Florida, probation was transferred to Florida. Texas automatically restores voting rights, Florida disqualifies him for a drug crime from restoring his rights. If his rights are restored in Texas when he completes probation, can he vote in any State he moves to from that point on.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Can I join the army if I have a bringing a controled substance into a prison conviction, and probation expired?

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

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