My question involves criminal records for the state of: California
I got arrested 2 years ago, misdemeanor. The case got dismissed before any charges were laid. Either because it was my first arrest ever and the arrest was bad enough to teach me a lesson, or because I am not a US citizen or all of the above.
I was travelling via the US 1 year ago and they asked me if i'd ever been to California or ever arrested, finger printed me, and sent me to speak with big scary guy behind a desk in a room (dont know what you call it). He was clueless and thought that I was STILL arrested based on what his computer read in front of him. According to him it was just :
the only reason he let me go is because my next flight was boarding in 5 minutes.>>Arrested 1 year ago
I am not factually innocent, and therefore my petition for factual innocence may be denied.
I am under the impression that because there is no charge or conviction, there is no expungement or sealing of records that I qualify for.
Please, please tell me otherwise.
Its like a big fat loophole - that if i was charged and found guilty, I would actually have a chance of getting it removed. Please tell me i'm wrong.
Also, if you can assure me that his airport computer wasn't updated as of that time with how the case was resolved, and that at this time it would read differently, that would be good news too.
1 Last question: 10 years from now, am I still not going to be allowed to travel to the states?
THANKS in advance for any and all advice.