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Disclosing Criminal Records on an Indiana Real Estate License Application

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Indiana real estate defense attorneyA career in real estate can be very lucrative, especially when the market is as active as it has been over the past few years. Not everyone graduates from high school or college and jumps into real estate; instead, the field is often chosen by people who are looking for a rewarding career change. Many people in their thirties, forties, and even older decide to take a real estate course, pass the test, and apply for their real estate license

Oversight of real estate professionals falls under the bailiwick of the Indiana Real Estate Commission. The state of Indiana has certain requirements a person must meet in order to obtain their real estate broker’s license. These requirements include:

  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Applicant must have earned either a high school diploma or GED.

  • Applicant must not have any convictions for any crime that could impact their ability to competently practice, would result in disciplinary actions under the Indiana professional licensing code, or indicate a potential for endangering the public.

What Type of Criminal Convictions Will Prevent My Real Estate License Approval?

Indiana Code 25-1-11 spells out the types of acts that could result in grounds for sanctions against a real estate professional’s license. If someone has already been criminally convicted of one of these acts, this conviction would be enough to make them ineligible to apply for an Indiana real estate license. Some of the crimes listed under this provision include the following:

  • Allowing another party to use their real estate license

  • Any crimes connected or related to fraudulent billing practices

  • False or misleading advertising

  • Harming the public

  • Immoral conduct

  • Knowingly engaging in fraud in order to obtain a real estate license

  • Knowingly engaging in fraud while performing their job

  • Lewd behavior

  • Putting the public in danger

  • Violating state real estate laws

  • Working as a real estate professional using an expired or revoked license

What Information About My Criminal Record Must I Disclose?

If you have experienced any of the following, the information must be added to your real estate license application:

  • You have been arrested

  • You pled guilty to any misdemeanor or offense in any state

  • You pled nolo contendere to any misdemeanor or offense in any state

  • You entered into a deferment or diversion agreement with a prosecutor for any offense in any state

  • You have been denied a real estate license in any state

  • You have been denied any professional license to practice in any state

  • You had a complaint filed against any professional license you held in Indiana

  • You had disciplinary action taken against any professional license you held in Indiana

Contact an Indiana Professional License Lawyer for Legal Help

If you have run into issues regarding a real estate license application or you have been informed by the Indiana Real Estate Commission that a complaint has been filed against you, do not delay in calling The Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, LLC at 463-219-2612 to schedule a free and confidential consultation with an Indiana real estate license defense lawyer.

Sources:

https://www.in.gov/pla/professions/real-estate-home/real-estate-licensing-information/

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/sales/real-estate-brokers-and-sales-agents.htm

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