My question involves criminal records for the state of: Nebraska
Hi! I was charged with a class IV Misdemeanor marijuana charge in Nebraska in 1997. I was 18 at the time, was charged with possession of paraphernalia and less than one ounce of marijuana. In court I plead no contest and paid a $150 fine, no diversion and no other judgement for treatment other than pay the fine. Lately I've been running into difficulties with jobs I'm applying for as I'll be working as an educator with youth, and have been denied positions in what I believe to be a result of this so called crime (I am qualified if not over qualified for the positions I've been applying for so I'm presuming it's the drug charge). My questions are as follows:
1) Is this still on my record?
2) Do I need to be reporting this on applications considering it is now over 15 years past?
3) Is this still considered a misdemeanor even though it would now be classified as a civil citation?
4) If it is still a misdemeanor, is there a process I can go through to get this changed to a civil citation? Although I believe the arresting officer did not have probable cause to search the car (in retrospect), I can not have this expunged based on my understanding of Nebraska Law cause I can not prove this.
Thanks for taking the time to respond! I appreciate your advice.