Immigration Law Questions? Ask an Immigration Lawyer.
Hello,my name is Judith. Thank you for this opportunity to answer your questions.
Are you a US permanent resident?
You were charged but the case was dismissed or you were found not guilty?
OK, the definition of "conviction" is different under immigration laws than it is under criminal laws.
Did you ever appear before a judge and have to admit to the facts of the case or admit your guilt before you were given "options"?
What exact program or punishment did you get? Probation before judgment? Diversion?
You have no conviction under the immigration law definition so have no need to be nervous.
You need to carry with you a court certified copy of the disposition of the charge. The record will always still show up whenever law enforcement checks your criminal history and the burden is on you to prove there was no conviction.
The expungment only hides the record from the public and employers.
You have a great evening and enjoy your trip.
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