Criminal Background checks
Criminal History Guidelines
Implication for Licensure
If you have a criminal history record, it may pose an obstacle to registration. Depending upon the offenses on your criminal history record, you may be disqualified for registration for 3 years, you may be granted a provisional registration, or you may become fully registered.
The following list is compiled to provide you guidance on the implications of your criminal history record, if you have one.
Non-Discretionary – Revocation of Registration/Disqualification for Initial Registration
- Registration is revoked by operation of law for any felony conviction resulting in imprisonment
- Registration is revoked upon imprisonment after revocation of community supervision, parole, or mandatory supervision entered after a felony conviction
- A person is disqualified for registration while serving a term of imprisonment
Discretionary – The Board may Revoke or Suspend Registration or Disqualification a person from initial registration or taking a registration examination for the following:
- A conviction for committing at any time the following offenses which the Board has determined are related to the duties and responsibilities of the practice of architecture/landscape architecture/interior design
- Criminal negligence
- Soliciting, offering, giving or receiving any form of bribe
- Unauthorized use of property, funds, or proprietary information of a client or employer
- An act relating to the malicious acquisition, use or dissemination of confidential information relating to, or accessed in the course of, offering or rendering professional services
- Any act of fraud or deceptive business practices
- A conviction for any offense unrelated to the duties and responsibilities of the practice of architecture/landscape architecture/interior design committed during the 5-year period immediately preceding the date of application for registration
- A conviction for committing the following serious and violent offenses regardless of when they were committed:
- Capital murder
- Indecency with a child
- Sexual performance by a child
- Aggravated kidnapping
- Aggravated kidnapping committed with intent to sexually violate or abuse victim
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Aggravated robbery
- Use of a child in the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance
- Offenses related to controlled substances committed in or near a school, school bus, playground, video arcade or youth center
- Sexual assault
- Injury to a child punishable as a felony of the first degree
- Use or exhibition of a deadly weapon during the course of, or during the immediate flight from, a felony offense
- Burglary committed with the intent to commit a felony sexual offense
Provisional Licensing – The Board may issue a provisional certificate of registration to a candidate who:
- Is otherwise qualified for registration (through education, experience and examination)
- Committed an offense which is:
- unrelated to the practice of architecture/landscape architecture/interior design,
- more than 5 year old upon the date of application for registration, and
- not listed above as a serious or violent offense.
Deferred adjudication – If criminal charges against you were dismissed after a period of deferred adjudication, the Board will not consider your offense as a conviction, unless:
- the Board determines you pose a continued threat to public safety or
- registration would provide an opportunity for you to repeat the offense.
The Board may impose disciplinary sanctions for violations of the laws enforced by the Board, regardless of whether a court dismisses criminal charges arising from the same conduct.
Preliminary Evaluation Letter – if you have a criminal history and are unsure if it will prevent you from becoming registered, you may request a preliminary evaluation letter from the Board. You may contact the board at 512-305-9000.