At 17 I was charged with Larceny in a Building and placed in the Holmes Youthful Training Act. I completed it successfully and the public record of the probation and charge were expunged, and the conviction set aside. Now, seventeen years later, I am in a position where I am applying for law enforcement positions. I know that the Act states that law enforcement has access to the information that I was arrested and charged back in 1989. My questions:
1. I don't have any of the court papers from back then. Can I, as the person involved, still get copies of the proceedings? If so, what agency should I contact? The arresting agency or the courts?
2. I explained this all to an investigator from the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, who assured me that my HYTA probation did not serve as a blanket disqualifier for law enforcement employment. But does anyone here know if it is something that, realisticaly, is going to keep me out of the profession? (It is my only arrest or involvment with police aside from normal traffic violations).
3. Do I have the ability to use a lawyer to have the record completely expunged, so that even law enforcement agencies have no record of it?
Thanks for any feedback.