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Misdemeanor and PPL

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This weekend, I received two misdemeanors and a petty misdemeanor in my home as I was back home for a long break. I have my final stage check coming up in about a week. Will these citations have any impact on me receiving my private pilots license?  I've tried looking around the internet before I seek the help of a lawyer, but whenever I search my question, the answers only refer to people BEFORE they've received a medical certificate, not anyone who is almost completed. Thanks for any help!

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  1. Kris Kortokrax on Feb 15, 2016

    It is not an issue unless the offenses involved drugs or alcohol. Note that the regulations speak of convictions, not charges.

    See 61.15

    You do also need to declare on the 8710-1 if you have been convicted within the past year of any drug violations.

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  2. Mark Kolber on Feb 15, 2016

    As Kris said, it is not usually a big deal for the private checkride unless a drug conviction is involved.

    But, the problem with advice from SOGTI is that it is not specific to you and your situation. Your best bet is to seek the help of that lawyer, preferably one who is familiar with both the criminal law of your state and the ramifications it may have – both short term and long term -with respect to the FAA.

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