June, 1998 I was was arrested with three other individuals and charged with possession of marijuana (50 pounds or less but more than 5 pounds-felony of the third degree). Under the direction of my attorney I entered a plea of guilty and agreed to deferred adjudication , 5 years of probation, pay fines, and community service. I returned to school in VA on unsupervised probation because because the state I resided in did not agree to supervise me because the judgment was deferred. All I had to do was a complete a form, send money, and proof of community service to TX each month. Probation was completed and dropped and I never got in trouble again. I returned to school completed two degrees in the area of Speech Language Pathology (SLP). I have been able to work in my profession without my past coming back to haunt me. However, recently it has come back to haunt me in a federal background check that was completed in January, 2011 which shows the initial arrest from June, 1998 (possession of marijuana/conspiracy
) and June, 1999 (5 years of probation, $1000fine & community service). I am attempting to obtain licensure in the state of VA and at the national level of my professional organization (ASHA). How do I answer questions about Have you ever been convicted of a violation of or pled nolo conendere to any federal, state or local statue or regulation or ordinance, or entered into any plea bargaining relating to a felony or misdemeanor
to include convictions for driving under the influence and excludes? Attach your original criminal
history record, a certified copy of the any final order, decree, pr case decision and any other information you wish considered with your application? yes or no
Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor involving dishonesty, physical harm to the person or property of another or threat of physical harm to the person or property of another or any felony? Explain nature of offence, date of offense, age, at the time of conviction any factors that you would like ASHA to consider.
Am I eligible to have this record sealed or expunged so I can move on with my life and my career.