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Hello, 10 years ago I was driving on the Missouri highway

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10 years ago I was driving on the Missouri highway with learner Permit. I was stopped by cop and was arrested for not having full drivers license. Stayed in the police station two hours. Not inside the Jail either. Siting with the Police. Later my friend came and bailed me out. After a month I had appeared in the court and paid fine of three hundred dollars. That fine was contribution to county. Point deducted from my Learner permit. The vehicle was mine and was insured. However, the police had arrested because I supposed to have a someone with full driver's license. And for speeding. I also got a speeding ticket of 500 dollars. I know it will stay in my record. However, after my university graduation, I left USA. Right now I was planning to go back to USA for higher study. As a Canadian will they stop me at the border or will they deny entry for this record of arrest? What would you suggest me to do? Do I need a visa waiver? I think it is not a Criminal act. It is violation of speeding and not having a full drivers license. Please suggest what would be my next steps. Thank you. Pat
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So did you do all of the things you needed to in order to deal with this? Like pay the fines, etc.? Do you have a warrant for your arrest for not doing what you were supposed to?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Yes I did everything. I have paid the fines. I gave a check of 300 dollars to county. Paid the 500 dollars speeding ticket fees. Actually my lawyer negotiated with county and everything is done. I do not have any warrant for arrest. I also never broke any laws in my life. I did not get arrested in my life without it. I think they had fingerprinted me to check whether I had any records. Also cop who has arrested me called his supervisor to know whether he should write me big ticket or whether he should arrest me. Supervisor said to arrest me. Because I was speeding with learner permit.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Please provide me the answer detail. No worries about giving you a positive rating. You will get it. However, your answer will help me a lot.


Yes I did everything. I have paid the fines. I gave a check of 300 dollars to county. Paid the 500 dollars speeding ticket fees. Actually my lawyer negotiated with county and everything is done. I do not have any warrant for arrest. I also never broke any laws in my life. I did not get arrested in my life without it. I think they had fingerprinted me to check whether I had any records. Also cop who has arrested me called his supervisor to know whether he should write me big ticket or whether he should arrest me. Supervisor said to arrest me. Because I was speeding with learner permit.

Hi Pat,

Thanks for the clarification.

This is not a criminal offense. It is considered a moving violation, and therefore you will not be required to get a visa waiver for your entry to the US.

Note, however, that if you are asked whether you've ever been arrested, make sure you answer truthfully. Sometimes, officers ask questions to see if you are going to be honest, so make sure that you are. Do not worry - again, moving violations are not criminal offenses for which one would require a visa waiver.

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