We’ve found that a lot of our clients have something called an “Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card.” It turns out that Arizona Department of Public Safety (the State Police) requires that every school teacher not only have a teaching license, but a special “fingerprint clearance card,” that if they lose, they can’t work anymore.
And then we discovered that thousands of other people have to have them: the school janitor has one; the lunch ladies; the bus driver; the kindergarten volunteers; the little league coach; all the minimum wage childcare workers. Once again, the list goes on.
So we started studying the law again and found that these fingerprint clearance cards were pretty easy to lose– sometimes merely getting a ticket for certain things in Arizona such as “criminal damage” would by itself get the card automatically “suspended.” Presto. The person loses her job. Maybe one she’s had for ten years.
Well, this didn’t seem fair. So we complied two charts of the most common low level crimes that we were getting lots of calls on: simple marijuana possession; simple assault; misdemeanor DUI; criminal damage; misdemeanor domestic offenses, even shoplifting—to see how you could lose your card. And whether you have a chance of getting it back. And we have this here for you. It’s an eye-opener.