Thank you for requesting me. Although your matter has been deferred, it doesn't drop off your record. Rather the arrest and the dismissal can be found. In order to get this off of your record you have to be proactive. That is, you need to get your record expunged. That way, you can say with confidence that you have never been convicted of a crime on an employment or housing application.
I should say to you that if you are looking for work in the government sector you have to disclose the fact that you were arrested on this case and that it was dismissed. That's because nothing is really closed to the government, and they would be able to see below the expungement
. But if you're seeking employment in the private sector, you can just deny.Here is the law of your state
as to an expungement and you appear to be eligible. You don't need a lawyer to file an expungement, but you would have to petition the court
, and the process can get technical. While there are forms you can purchase on the web and the court clerk may have some for free if you ask, there are lawyers who specialize in expungements and you can contact your state bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service
or a commercial service like Martindale.com to find one. If you want to do it yourself, this will offer you some guidance. (See link)
As for your ability to purchase, I am assuming that you're talking about a weapon. As you may already know 18 USC 1922 causes you to lose your Federal gun
rights if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor
crime of domestic violence
. Although your offense has been dismissed, for some purposes an adjudicated dismissal like this counts as a conviction. You'd need to get your gun rights restored by the state if they were taken away from you. From there, an expungement or pardon should allow you to clear the NICS test.
Hope this helps.