In 2000 I entered a NC plea to a shoplifting charge for which I was not guilty. However, being young and stupid, I believed the person who told me that entering a NC plea would be best. I was told that if I entered NC and completed my community service my record would remain clear. Low and behold, it did not happen this way.
Along with this, in 2001 I discovered I had a non-sufficient fund check that had went to court. I had not received notification of this because I had moved. However, once I found out about it, I immediately went to the court house to pay for the check and other fees. I was never asked to make a plea nor did I sign any documents stating a guilty/not guilty/NC plea. Furthermore, the DOB and a couple of other things on the court documents are wrong. Yet, when I tried to seek employment, I discovered this as a conviction on my background along with the retail fraud 3rd degree conviction.
I spoke with an attorney who said the non-sufficient fund conviction could be overturned in some way (I'm not positive of the terminology he used). He said that because I did not enter a plea and there was incorrect information he could use this to attempt to have the conviction removed. He said that once that conviction was removed an expungement of the shoplifting conviction wouldn't be difficult.
So, my question is, can the non-sufficient fund conviction be removed like this attorney said it could be??
I'm finishing up my MBA and already have a degree in corporate finance and have thus far been denied several employment opportunities because of my background. This has obviously been an insurmountable obstacle for me and I desperately need to know what if anything can be done.
Thank you in advance for any information provided regarding this matter.