I recently requested my records of a conviction in Santa Barbara County in 1993 for misdemeanor shoplifting. I am applying to teach at a public high school, and I needed to find out some details of my case in order to report it on my application. I no longer have my original court papers, so I needed to find out the date, case#, etc.
I received a letter from Superior Court of Santa Barbara stating the case # and that it has been "purged/destoyed." It also states:
"Felony, misdemeanor and infraction records are destroyed pursuant to section 68152 of the Government Code."
Under "Remarks," it reads:
"Please be advised case number ###### has been purged/destroyed. Therefore, I do not have any violation and/or dispositional information available.
It's signed by the Deputy Clerk.
I have two questions/dilemmas:
(1) Obviously, I'd rather not have to refer to this conviction on my application, but I am prepared to do so if I must. The problem is, I have absolutely no information/paperwork about the case. All I know is what month it occured in, what I did, where I was arrested. The court doesn't even seem to have that info. All there is is a case #. *What do I do? *Do I have to report it on my application? I am applying through the county office of Education, then through the local school district. They require finger-printing, so anything on my record will show up, I imagine. As I mentioned, I am prepared to to mention it on my aplication for employment, but I don't have any specific info on the case anymore.
(2) What is the difference between Purged/destroyed and Expunged? It would seem like purged/dest. is more favorable than expunged. Is this true?
If someone knows what to do in my case, I'd appreciate the help.