I was convicted of a Class II misdemeanor
in AZ for knowingly displaying a fictitious license plate. The plate was on a pickup bed home built trailer that my father had just modified. I picked up the trailer and on my way home (more than 100 miles) I was stopped because the plate did not match the vehicle. The plate was registered to the truck that was modified now into this trailer, so the plate was never removed from the rear bumper.
The officer was going to cite me for not having a current registration and then changed his mind and cited me for an offense "the judge can easily dismiss" when I take in my current registration. Foolishly I did not look up the statute before I went to court
and pled guilty showing the judge my new registration for the trailer. I was shocked when I learned I had been charged with a misdemeanor charge and then fined a large fine along with a brand new criminal record
I have read that in certain cases it is possible to have convictions set aside or expunged in AZ and I would like to do that, asking for my record to be cleared and online references to the conviction expunged.
My questions are:
1. Am I correct in that I can petition the court to set aside the conviction?
2. In the petition could it be requested that the courts expunge the online references to the conviction?
3. Is this something I can petition for on my own or should I obtain an Attorney?
4. If I should petition on my own, is there a standard petition form I would use?